In Stanislaus County, California, police killed a 27-year-old man found kicking, punching and stomping a toddler to death after attempts by both police and other people to stop him. Following the incident, investigators were trying to establish the relationship between the suspect and the child he had beaten to death. The Stanislaus County coroner said the boy, based on his size, appeared to be between 1 and 2 years old and he will have to be identified through a blood or DNA test. Police were perplexed and quite shocked about any possible motive this man could have had.
Police found a child’s car seat in the back of the suspect’s four-door pickup truck. The truck caught the attention of an elderly couple at 10:13 p.m. Saturday because it was stopped in the two-lane road facing the wrong direction. As they got closer, the couple saw the man beating the toddler behind his truck and throwing the child on the ground. The suspect was engaged in what he was doing. He just pushed off anyone who attempted to intervene and went back to it. People in the area began calling 911.
Responding to those emergency calls, a police helicopter landed in a cow pasture at 10:19 p.m. carrying a Modesto police officer who shot the man to death after he refused an order to stop beating the child. No children within the dead boy’s age range have been reported kidnapped or missing in Stanislaus County, according to authorities.
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