An Ohio grandmother is facing murder charges after authorities said she beat her 5-year-old grandson to death and then tried to claim he had been injured in a fall.
Yisenya Flores, 45, was arraigned Monday in Toledo Municipal Court after 5-year-old Anjuan M. Hare III died at a local hospital last week, according to The Toledo Blade.
Fire crews were called to a residence Thursday evening after receiving a report of an unconscious child. They transported Hare to the hospital, where he later died, local station WTGV reports.
Flores initially told authorities that her grandson had gotten injured while trying to jump from a box spring bed; however, hospital staff did not believe the young boy’s injuries were consistent with a fall.
Police later confronted Flores, who allegedly admitted to striking the boy around 11 p.m. the night prior, according to a complaint obtained by PEOPLE.
“She knew he was severely injured because of his semi-conscious and semi unresponsive condition,” the complaint said, claiming Flores admitted the boy was unable to get up off the floor after the blow.
However, Flores allegedly didn’t try to get her grandson any medical help until the following evening.
An autopsy revealed Anjuan died from multiple blunt force injuries.
Lucas County Coroner Diana Scala-Barnett said there was also evidence he had suffered abuse in the past.
“There is evidence of battered child syndrome indicating there is repetitive abuse and older healing injuries,” she said in a statement. “The death is ruled a homicide.”
Flores was arrested Friday and initially charged with child endangerment; however, prosecutors later added the murder charge.
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