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Alabama man charged with capital murder in child’s death

July 29, 2020 GMT

COKER, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been charged with capital murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 19-month-old child, according to authorities.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for John Thompson, 31, on the charge Tuesday afternoon, news outlets reported.

Captain Jack Kennedy said authorities were sent to a home in Coker on Monday for a medical call and discovered the girl was breathing irregularly. She was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

A preliminary medical report indicated the child’s death was “not due to natural causes” and was the result of severe abuse or trauma, news outlets reported, citing Kennedy.

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Thompson was looking after the girl while her mother was at work, according to investigators.

It was not clear whether Thompson had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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