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Father, mother both face charges in infant son’s death

January 7, 2022 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man charged in the death of his infant son will now face an aggravated murder count after the child’s death was ruled a homicide, authorities announced Friday.

Earnest Alexander, 35, of Cleveland, initially was charged with child endangerment in the death of 3-month-old King Kai Alexander. The charge was upgraded after the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner ruled the child died of blunt force trauma.

The infant’s mother, Shatika Moss, 29, is charged with felony tampering with evidence. She’s accused of deleting text messages with Alexander from her phone that are “evidence of murder,” according to court documents.

Alexander is due to make his initial court appearance Saturday, while a court date for Moss has not been scheduled. Both remain in custody and it’s not known if either one has retained an attorney.

Authorities have said Alexander dropped the boy off early Monday at his grandmother’s home. The boy stopped breathing and his grandmother took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that day.

Authorities have said the boy suffered fractures and contusions across his body and had “extensive internal injuries.”