LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man is charged with murder after a toddler died Sunday night. 36-year-old Larry Webster is behind bars at Metro Corrections, he's accused of killing 3-year-old Ah'Haod Crawford.
According to the coroner, Crawford died at 9:56 p.m. Sunday at Kosair Children's Hospital of blunt force injuries to multiple body surfaces.
Shively Police responded to an apartment complex at 2009 Crums Lane around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Shively Police say Webster made the 911 call. Police said Crawford was treated at the scene by Louisville Metro EMS along with Shively Fire and Rescue. He was then transported to Kosair Children's Hospital, where emergency room personnel were able to revive him. He later died Sunday night.
"The only thing that we know right now is the child had bruising on his upper body," Shively Police Chief Kevin Higdon said. "On his chest and also on his back that was not consistent with anything that was done by any of the medical staff that was on scene."
Police said the boy's mother left for work at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday leaving him with Webster. Police said Webster appears to be a boyfriend or friend of the child's mother. An investigation into the cause of the Crawford's condition lead detectives to charge Webster with Criminal Attempt Murder, that charge was upgraded to Murder after Crawford died.
"I'm shocked. You don't see nothing like this around here. Yeah, I'm shocked." Theresa Hunt, a neighbor said. "I don't ever see any arguments or anything. No, I never thought this could happen."
Webster appeared in court Monday morning. A judge set his bond at $1 million. He will be back in court Tuesday morning to face his murder charge.
According to a police report, witnesses and family members told police they suspected Webster abused Crawford in the past.
WAVE 3 discovered this isn't the first time Webster has been in trouble with the law. He has a lengthy criminal history.
According to this Domestic Violence Order from 2001, Webster is accused of threatening his then girl friend and his one year old child. The DVO says Webster threatened to kill both of them over child support.
Family members tell WAVE 3 they are devastated over this tragic loss. Shively Police say Crawford's mother will not be facing charges.