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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- A Mechanicsville man was arrested after a two-year-old boy was found unconscious inside his Mechanicsville apartment. The child died one day later as a result of his injuries, a Hanover Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

"Marcus S. Williams, 27, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on April 16, 2016, after deputies responded to his apartment in the 7100 block of Garden Park Lane in reference to an apparent domestic disturbance called in by neighbors," Sergeant James Cooper said. "Once on scene deputies located Mr. Williams and a two-year-old unconscious male with obvious signs of trauma."

The child, James L. Brown, was rushed to the hospital. Brown died Sunday afternoon.

Williams was charged with Child Neglect and Malicious Wounding prior to the child's death. He was booked at Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Marcus Williams (PHOTO: Hanover Sheriff's Office)

Marcus Williams (PHOTO: Hanover Sheriff's Office)

"The Hanover Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the scope of injuries that led to the child’s death and the Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney in regard to additional charges," Cooper said. "The Hanover Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family affected by this senseless act of violence."

Anyone with information about this case was asked to call the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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