KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man faces an assault charge for allegedly beating his fiance's 2-year-old son. The boy died over the weekend.
Dallas Bogard, 25, was charged in Clay County Court with first-degree assault.
Police were sent to a house in the 1300 block of Northeast 46th Terrace in Kansas City, Mo., around 2:40 p.m. Friday. Officers found the boy unconscious in his room with an overturned bookshelf near him.
Bogard lived at the house with the child and his mother. He told police he was watching the child for his fiance while she worked, according to court documents.
Bogard said he heard a thud and found the child under the bookshelf. The child's mother told police she had recently noticed bruises on her son's neck, back and legs, the court documents state.
She said she thought the boy may have had an iron deficiency and was going to take him to a doctor.
Bogard called his fiance to tell her the bookshelf had fallen on the boy, according to court documents. The woman told police she didn't think the bookshelf was heavy enough to cause severe injuries.
Detectives found numerous empty packets of Orgasmo, which is also known as K2 and used as synthetic marijuana, the documents state.
The child suffered a skull fracture and had swelling on his brain and spine. He died over the weekend.
Bogard told police he did not assault the child, according to the documents.
There's been no word on whether he will face other charges connected to the boy's death.
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