MIAMI - A father of nine faces a second-degree murder charge after beating his 2-year-old son to death.
Prosecutors upgraded the charge Monday against 29-year-old Angel Villegas. He was previously charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
A judge ordered Villegas be held without bond. He wore a vest to prevent him from harming himself.
Villegas' son was on life support until it was terminated Sunday, police said. He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
"That's crazy for a guy to do that to a kid," said Charlie Blunt, who lived next door. "It sucks because the kid never had time to understand life or nothing."
Villegas had been arrested in other states and had a prior domestic violence case filed in Florida, prosecutors said.
Villegas' other children were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
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