LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man is behind bars at Metro Corrections in connection with the murder of a 2-year-old boy.
Police said 25-year-old Lajuan D. Hayes is facing a murder charge after his girlfriend's son died Tuesday night, March 25.
EMS crews initially thought they were responding to a child having a seizure at the boy's home on the 1800 block of Appleton Lane in Shively. Instead, police said they walked into an apartment at the complex to find a heartbreaking scene, a 2-year-old unresponsive, beaten and burned
"There were numerous second and possibly third-degree burns throughout the torso of the child. It's still unclear where they came from. The actual manner of death is homicide, the cause of death is multiple areas of the body with blunt force trauma, head, torso and extremities," Sgt. Josh Myers, with the Shively Police, said.
Paramedics quickly transported the toddler to Kosair Children's Hospital, as the boy clung to life.
"He ultimately went into surgery for contusions to the head and passed away in the operating room is my understanding," Myers said.
Back at the scene, police questioned Hayes, who was the only one home at the time the injuries occurred. Police said he was cooperative, but did not provide enough reason as to how the child was injured.
Hayes remains in jail on a $1 million cash bond.
According to the Metro Corrections website, Hayes was wanted on a bench warrant and is facing three other charges unrelated to the child's death.