Crime

Abused 2-year-old child dies of injuries in Kansas City hospital

Kansas City’s first homicide of the year is a 2-year-old victim of child abuse, Police Chief Darryl Forté reported Sunday.

Police said the Kansas City toddler was so severely abused he had been on life support since he was taken by ambulance to a hospital Friday morning with head, brain and internal injuries.

The child died Saturday night, said Police Capt. Tye Grant.

Mirsad Hamidovic, 23, on Friday was charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of domestic assault in the first degree. All are felonies. No additional charges had been filed Sunday afternoon, police said.

The abuse allegedly occurred while the child was in Hamidovic’s care overnight at an apartment in the 1700 block of Washington Street on Thursday while the boy’s mother was at work.

According to court documents, hospital officials told police the boy had a head and brain injury consistent with shaking and blunt trauma. The boy also had a lacerated liver consistent with being jumped upon.

Police said Hamidovic told them the boy was lying on his back on a bed with his head against a windowsill. Hamidovic said he jumped up and onto the boy’s chest, possibly causing his head to hit the sill. Police said Hamidovic also told them the boy was lying on the floor when Hamidovic twice jumped off the bed and landed on the boy’s chest.

Police said Hamidovic told them he panicked when the boy began vomiting blood and picked him up and shook him so hard his head was going back and forth and his arms were flailing.

Hamidovic has three biological children, but details about his relationship to the 2-year old were not available.

To reach Mará Rose Williams, call 816-234-4419 or send email to mdwilliams@kcstar.com.

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