Tampa man charged in toddler's death

9:25 AM, Oct 1, 2010   |    comments
Wilfredo Reyes
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- A Tampa man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend's toddler.

Police charged 27-year-old Wilfredo Reyes on Thursday with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

Officials say 2-year-old Yandel Martinez died on the night of Sept. 6. Reyes initially reported that the boy had fallen down the stairs and stopped breathing, but a preliminary autopsy revealed the boy had died from blunt trauma to the abdomen. Police say Reyes later acknowledged striking the boy.

A completed autopsy and toxicology tests, released this week, determined Yandel's death was not accidental.

Reyes was being held without bail.


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