CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A judge ruled Wednesday the case of a man accused of killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son will go to trial.
Curtis Williams was charged with homicide by child abuse for the incident that happened in October.
North Charleston Detective Sid Lewis testified in a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning that Williams initially said the child went limp after a nap, but said the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
That trauma caused the child's spleen to rupture, Lewis said.
Lewis said Williams, who was in the courtroom for the hearing, told police he "chopped" the boy in the back with a closed fist because he spent too much time in the bathroom.
"He explained to me the victim was using the restroom, asked him if he was done and the victim just sat there and looked at him, said he chopped him in the back," Lewis testified.
On the witness stand Lewis also said that during an interview with Williams he showed the suspect photos from Kamari McKithen's autopsy. He said one of the photos brought Williams to tears.
"He said this bruise, and he pointed right here to his back. He said this where this bruise is? I said yes sir, and he dropped his head and started crying and that's where he said he chopped him."
Officers found a knife in the bathroom Williams apparently used to cut the victim's clothes off after the boy soiled himself, Lewis said. He said Williams cried when asked about a large bruise on the victim's back.
Williams' defense attorney called for a dismissal of the charge because the state has not proved homicide.
But Judge James Gosnell ruled there was enough probable cause to send the case to trial.