NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 25-year-old North Charleston man was denied bond on Tuesday morning in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.
Curtis Tyrone Williams is charged with homicide by child abuse after admitting to detectives he "chopped" the boy in his back for not moving out of the bathroom quickly enough, according to court documents.
North Charleston Police initially responded to MUSC Children's Hospital on Sunday to a report of an unresponsive child brought in who had died at approximately 5:47 p.m., the incident report states.
The Charleston County Coroner says Kamari McKithen died from blunt force trauma. That trauma caused his spleen to rupture and bleed, court documents state.
"If I had known that man was hurting that child I would have got the child myself," said neighbor Nancy White. "I would have let him beat me before I let him beat that child."
Williams told police that he and the child took a nap after the child's mother went to work, then woke up and watched football. He said he took the child to a park and played for about 30 minutes until he noticed the child sitting on a bench with his head down. Williams said he took the child home and gave the child a Capri Sun and attempted to give the child a Tootsie Roll but that the boy didn't want it, the report states.
Williams told police they watched more football until the child defecated in his pants. Williams said that after he bathed the child and brought him to the couch, "he started acting weird," the report states. Williams said the child went limp with shallow breathing as soon as Williams picked him up.
Investigators say they found several bruises on the child's body, including a large bruise on his left back rib area, a court affidavit states.
Williams confessed to detectives to "chopping" the boy in his left back rib cage because "he did not walk out the bathroom fast enough," court documents state. When asked to clarify what "chopping" meant, police say Williams demonstrated a closed-fist strike which he delivered to the victim's left back rib cage.
Williams was being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.
He has a long rap sheet that includes a recent conviction for failing to stop for a blue light.
Williams is on probation.