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Boy, 2, dies after man purposely sits on him

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 12:44:17-04

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa police say a 2-year-old boy died after a man sat on the child for allegedly taking his cellphone.

Pottawattamie County court records show 31-year-old Larry Murphy is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. He's jailed on more than $1 million bail.

Murphy's attorney didn't return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Police allege the boy's mother says Murphy was staying with her and her sons at a Council Bluffs motel when he became angry at the 2-year-old for taking his cellphone. She says he sat on the boy for about 20 seconds on a motel bed.

Police say Murphy is 6 feet and weighs 160 pounds.

The boy became unresponsive. Investigators say he was pronounced dead at a hospital, where a doctor noticed signs of asphyxiation.