NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A North Lauderdale man accused of killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son last month has been indicted by a grand jury on one count of first-degree murder.
Corey Gordon, 28, has been held in the Broward County jail without bond since his arrest Feb. 10.
Chantel Haye, 20, arrived at the emergency room at Coral Springs Medical Center the day before his arrest with the lifeless body of her son, Khyese Coach.
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.
"I kept asking him, 'What did you do? What did you do?'" Haye told Local 10 News.
Khyese's aunt, Penny Williams, said the boy "had marks on his face, both sides of his face. His lip was busted and he was just stretched out."
An autopsy determined that Khyese died as a result of blunt force trauma.
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.
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.
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