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Father charged with first-degree murder after son found dead

1:33 PM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Charges against the father of a 5-year-old boy have been upgraded to first-degree murder after the boy was found dead in his home, deputies said.

Darrell Avant Jr. had multiple contusions and bruises on his body when he was found unresponsive on the floor of Darrell Avant's apartment Wednesday evening, according to deputies.

In an interview with deputies, Avant, 26, said he picked his son up from school at 11 a.m. because he was acting up. He said he brought his son to his Burroughs Court home and hit him on the buttocks a couple of times.

He said he then ordered him to do pushups and squats for 20 minutes.

After the boy took a shower, Avant said he collapsed. Avant called 911, and his son was later pronounced dead.

In the police report, a deputy says he saw marks on much of the child's body.

Avant was originally only charged with child abuse, but the charges were updated on Friday afternoon.

A shelter hearing was held on Friday morning for Avant's 1-year-old son.

A judge awarded temporary custody to the boy's mother, Kineisha Felix, and told Avant he is to have no contact with the child. Felix is not the mother of the 5-year-old.

Since 2003, Avant has been charged more than 25 times in Orange County. Many charges were for traffic violations, while others were for battery, drug possession, domestic violence and theft.

WESH

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