Murder charge added for man accused of beating toddler to death

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A murder charge has been filed for a man accused of beating a 2-year-old girl to death in August.

Marcus Mays, 35, of La Grange, Missouri, was charged with second-degree murder on Thursday. He was previously charged with endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death and possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid.

Mays is alleged to have recklessly caused the child to suffer serious or physical injury by hitting her in the head numerous times with his hand.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported that the girl was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy on August 17, and later transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she died on August 21. 

Court records show Mays had a preliminary hearing in the Lewis County Courthouse on Tuesday. An arraignment was scheduled for December 6.


Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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