Lorain couple charged after child dies from burns that covered almost half his body

Posted: 2:44 PM, Jan 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-12 21:31:11Z

Authorities have announced charges in a Lorain homicide case where a 2-year-old child died from severe burns allegedly caused by a bathtub.

According to police, the boyfriend, 30-year-old Andre Moore, was charged with aggravated murder and child endangering.

The incident happened last year on Nov. 17.

Moore — who had been babysitting the boy at the time — called 911 after the child was burned. He told police the boy was hurt when he took a bath that was too hot. 

The boy suffered second-degree burns to 45 percent of his body, according to authorities. Police said the boy's injuries did not match up to Moore's side of the story. In addition to the burns, the child had bruising to his face and hip and a broken rib that was healing.

The 2-year-old was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center and then flown to the MetroHealth Medical Center burn unit in Cleveland. 

Five days later the child died from his injuries, police said.

Moore, who is currently being held at the Lorain County Jail on a parole violation charge, was served with an arrest warrant and his charges.

The boy's mother, 30-year-old Samone Boykins, has also been charged with a felony-level child endangering charge in connection with the incident.

Boykins is currently being held in Lorain County Jail.

The mother and boyfriend are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 16.