2008-11-06 / Local & State

Pa. Toddler Dies Of Beating

BLACK LICK, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man is awaiting arraignment on a criminal homicide charge for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 19-month-old son.

Nineteen-year-old Joshua Louis Turner has been jailed and charged with aggravated assault since state police learned he allegedly beat, bit, shook and punched the child Tuesday afternoon. The alleged attack happened in Burrell Township, Indiana County, while Turner was watching 19-month-old Leonard McIntire.

But Indiana County District Attorney Thomas Bianco has now filed the homicide charge after the boy died early Saturday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

An autopsy Sunday showed the boy died of head trauma and the death has been ruled a homicide.

It is unclear whether Turner has an attorney.

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