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St. Louis County man charged after 5-year-old boy dies of blunt force trauma

St. Louis County man charged after 5-year-old boy dies of blunt force trauma

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY — A St. Louis County man was charged with abuse or neglect of a child after an autopsy ruled a 5-year-old boy for whom he was caring died Wednesday of blunt force trauma. 

Yoshuah Dallas, 24, brought an unresponsive 5-year-old to St. Louis Children's Hospital on Wednesday, and the boy died soon after. Dallas admitted being the sole caretaker for the boy, identified Thursday as Jamarion Delancy, in the 24 hours before the child's death. 

Yoshuah Dallas

Yoshuah Dallas, as shown in a police booking photo.

According to an autopsy, the boy died of blunt trauma to the abdomen resulting in a lacerated liver and a broken rib, and he also had bruising around his mouth. Dallas and the boy both lived in the 1700 block of Chiquita Terrace in unincorporated north St. Louis County, but police did not identify their relationship. 

In addition to the charge of abuse or neglect of a child, a Class A felony, Dallas also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was being held on a $250,000, cash-only bond. 

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