Man charged in death of abused 3-year-old

Man charged in death of abused 3-year-old

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - A West Virginia man has been charged in the death of a 3-year-old boy who doctors say was a victim of shaken baby syndrome.

Keith Kennedy-McLeod, 33, was arrested in Floyd County, Indiana on a warrant from Jefferson County. He has been extradited to Kentucky and is now being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

Chief Rick Sanders of the Jeffersontown Police Department said officers were called to an extended stay hotel on Nov. 23 about a child with burns. Kennedy-McLeod, who was dating the child’s mother, told investigators the child had run a bath using hot water and then got into the hot tub. Police said that story didn’t add up.

After the child was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital for an examination, Sanders said in addition to the severe burns on the boy’s feet, legs, buttocks and genitals, doctors found the child had suffered a traumatic brain injury, along with bruises and fingernail marks on his hips and thighs, which were all in different stages of healing, according to court records.

A doctor said the brain injury was an indication of shaken baby syndrome. In a recorded police interview, Kennedy-McLeod told investigators he shook the boy, according to court records.

The 3-year-old’s mother told police her son was not injured when she left him in her boyfriend’s care, arrest records say.

The child, identified by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office as Rasir Jameir Oliver, was in a coma and died Dec. 28. The cause and manner of Rasir’s death is listed as pending.

Kennedy-McLeod is charged with assault and child abuse. Additional charges could be filed after the case is presented to a grand jury.

Thursday, Kennedy-McLeod appeared in court, and a judge granted him a $500,000 bond. He remains at Louisville Metro Corrections.

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