TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) is investigating the death of a 19-month-old girl that happened on Monday at a residence in the 15000 block of Savannah Drive in Coker, Alabama.
Police say the call originally came in as a medical call, and due to the young age of the victim, the VCU began an investigation into the case as a matter of protocol.
The child was left in the care of the mother’s boyfriend, 31-year-old John Michael Thompson, while she was at work. Police say Thompson reported that he found the girl breathing irregularly, and the cause of death was unknown.
On Tuesday morning, preliminary autopsy reports were received and indicated the death was not due to natural causes, and also indicative of severe abuse, assault, or trauma, according to authorities.
Thompson was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for capital murder. Police say the capital murder enhancement results from the young age of the victim.