ST. LOUIS -- The circuit attorney this afternoon charged a 23-year-old St. Louis man in the beating and burning death of a 2-year-old child over the weekend, police said.
The man -- Montrell Moore, of the 2000 block of Destrehan Street, near the city's Hyde Park -- was charged with first-degree murder, felony abuse of a child and felony endangering the welfare of a child, said Katie O'Sullivan, spokeswoman for the St. Louis police department.
Moore is being held in the St. Louis City jail in lieu of a $1 million, cash-only bond.
Police said that at 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, an ambulance arrived at where the child -- Samar Brown -- was staying in the 1900 block of Mallinckrodt Street, a few blocks from Moore's home. Police said that Moore is the boyfriend of Samar's mother.
When paramedics arrived at the home, Samar was not breathing and was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 8:51 a.m. on Saturday.
The St. Louis medical examiner conducted an autopsy and found the child had died from blunt force trauma. Samar also suffered a lacerated spleen, a lacerated liver and other internal injuries, O'Sullivan said.
After an investigation by homicide detectives, police discovered that Moore had killed the child, O'Sullivan said.