08/14/2014 11:29 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Accused Baby Killer Dearis Ricks Admits Beating 3-Month-Old: Cops

St. Louis County Police

A Missouri man has been charged in the beating death of his 3-month-old son.

KMOV reports that Dearis Ricks, 21, was taken into custody earlier this week after his infant son died of head trauma, according to St. Louis County Police.

According to KSDK, officers responded to a sick call at the man's home on Monday, where the child, Skyy Ricks, was found unresponsive.

The baby boy was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Police said Ricks admitted hitting the child's head against a hard object.

Ricks is charged with one count of child abuse resulting in death. He was held on a $200,000 bond.

Earlier this week, a Florida man was charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old son. The man allegedly whipped the little boy with a belt more than 10 times after the child urinated on him during a diaper change.

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