Mother and boyfriend charged in toddler’s death

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The mother of a child who was beaten to death, and her boyfriend now face criminal charges in the case.  According to the St. Louis Medical Examiner three-year old Dashon Haskin died of a lacerated liver within hours of the beating.

Saturday, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce issued counts of second degree murder, child abuse and armed criminal action against 25-year old Hershell Kirkman of the 5600 hundred block of Kingbury in the Central West End.  He lived at Kingsbury Terrace, a St. Louis Housing Authority apartment building for low income and disabled residents.

Dashon Haskin`s mother, Ericka Haskin was in the apartment at the time of the attack Wednesday or Thursday, but failed to call for medical help after the child`s injuries became obvious.  She was charged with child endangerment.

Court documents indicate Kirkman admitted to repeatedly striking the child with his fist.  The case will be presented to a grand jury.

An uncle of the victim told FOX2 News the family is heartbroken over the child`s death.  He said his sister has an infant daughter who was taken into protective custody.

Ericka Haskin is being held on $300,000 cash only bond.  Kirkman`s cash only bond was set at half a million dollars.

As of Saturday night, funeral arrangements had not been completed.

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