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Man charged with murder of 3-year-old that he claimed suffocated with a plastic bag

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Posted at 6:15 AM, Jun 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-22 06:15:10-04

CLEVELAND — A 25-year-old Cleveland man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the death of a 3-year-old child earlier this month.

Cleveland police say on June 11, Ronald Hicks Jr. inflicted injuries that resulted in a skull fracture, brain bleed and ultimately the child’s death, according to court documents.

Another court document, a request for a high bond made by a Cleveland police detective in the Child Abuse Unit, states that Hicks called 911 and reported that the 3-year-old child he was watching had suffocated himself with a plastic bag. The child was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where it was discovered that the child also had a severe skull fracture. The child later succumbed to his injuries.

The medical staff determined that the child could not have sustained these injuries accidentally, or by suffocation from a plastic bag alone, court documents state.

Hicks was arraigned Monday morning on the murder charge, where bond was set at $500,000.