9-year-old boy dies after beaten over birthday cake


  was charged with first-degree assault and child abuse. Photo / Supplied

Police say a 9-year-old boy has died after he was allegedly
handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without
Hagerstown police Capt. Paul Kifer says Jack Garcia died Sunday at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.
Kifer says police will confer Monday afternoon with Washington County prosecutors about bringing additional charges in the case.
mother’s boyfriend, 30-year-old Robert Wilson, was charged Wednesday
with first-degree assault and child abuse. His public defender hasn’t
returned calls from The Associated Press.
The mother’s brother
told police the boy was handcuffed Tuesday as punishment for stealing
the birthday cake. He says Wilson hit the boy in stomach after the
handcuffs were removed.
It’s not clear whose cake it was. The boy had had a birthday three days earlier.

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