Tuscaloosa Co. toddler dies after weekend assault; suspect charges upgraded to capital murder

Tuscaloosa Co. toddler dies after weekend assault; suspect charges upgraded to capital murder
Felix Tabb is charged with capital murder and is being help without bond at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. (Source: Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff's Office)

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - A 19-month old in Tuscaloosa County has died after days on life support for significant injuries following an assault.

Felix Tabb was originally charged with first-degree assault, but since the toddler’s death on Wednesday, the charges have been upgraded to capital murder. He is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail without bond.

The Violent Crimes Unit responded to Druid City Hospital Saturday on reports of a female toddler with significant head trauma. Authorities say the injuries were life-threatening and indicative of severe abuse or trauma. The child was taken to Children’s of Alabama.

The Violent Crimes Unit worked throughout the weekend locating witnesses and executing search warrants. It was found that the mother left her child alone with Tabb for several hours in the 3700 block of 3rd Avenue East.

The injury to the child was determined to have happened in the time frame of when Tabb was watching her.

Physical evidence found at the home showed the child was injured under his care.

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