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Child at heart of Douglas child abuse case dies

Accused abuser charged with murder
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Posted at 1:55 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 00:19:38-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - The two-year-old boy who was allegedly abused and hospitalized over the weekend, has died.

Now, the man who is accused of abusing him is charged with second degree murder.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 21-year-old Mario Alberto Toscano Jr. after the child was hospitalized in Douglas.

Hospital staff stabilized the boy and transported him to a Tucson hospital. He died there Wednesday night.

Toscano is the boyfriend of the young boy's mother.

Deputies interviewed medical staff and the boy's mother, as well as Toscano, then served a search warrant at the home where Toscano and the mother live.

Toscano was booked into Cochise County Jail on child abuse and domestic violence.