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Bond hearing held for man accused of beating toddler to death

Corey Gordon, 28, charged with first-degree murder in death of 3-year-old Khyese Coach

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A hearing on whether to set bond for a man accused of beating his girlfriend's 3-year-old son to death was held in Broward County court Thursday afternoon.

Corey Gordon, 28, has been held in the Broward County jail without bond since his arrest Feb. 10.

The mother of Khyese Coach, Chantel Haye, 20, testified, breaking down as she recalled the events of the day her child was found dead.

"His mouth was busted. He had blood on his nose," Haye said of her son. "I looked at (Gordon) and I said, 'What did you do?' I said, 'What did you do?'"

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said Haye left Khyese in the care of Gordon while she was at work for her first day at a telemarketing company in Boca Raton. When Gordon picked up Haye from work Monday afternoon, she noticed something was wrong with Khyese, who was cold to the touch, and demanded that Gordon take her to the hospital.

Khyese's grandmother said she had seen signs of abuse, claiming the toddler had come to her house with a black eye last October. She said Khyese was afraid of Gordon, but said her daughter didn't believe the abuse was happening.

An autopsy determined that Khyese died as a result of blunt force trauma.

According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, there were two prior reports of abuse involving Khyese. The first report was made in 2009 and "involved the paramour," while the most recent investigation was closed in December 2014.

DCF records state that Khyese "was always crying and had marks that resembled belt marks on his body. There were also concerns of domestic violence in the home." The investigation was closed with "no indicators" for physical injury.

Gordon's bond hearing will continue next Tuesday.

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