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Kannapolis police identify slain 10-year-old

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Kannapolis police have identified a 10-year-old boy slain Sunday evening as Mark Stewart.

Officers found Stewart and his severely beaten mother in a house in the 2900 block of South Ridge Avenue after Cabarrus County sheriff’s deputies called them to ask to check on the well-being of residents. Authorities had to force their way into the home at 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

Stewart’s mother, 32-year-old Christi Melisha Stewart, is at Carolinas Medical Center receiving treatment for her injuries.

Eugene William Mays, 39, was arrested Monday in Gaston County on unrelated misdemeanor charges and later with murder in connection with the boy’s death.

Police say Mays and Stewart lived together, and had met online three weeks ago, according to WCNC-TV reports.

Investigators have not said how Stewart was killed.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call police at 704-920-4000 or contact Crime Stoppers at 704-932-7463. Police also can be reached on social media at @kannapolis911 (Twitter) and Kannapolis911 (Facebook).

WCNC-TV contributed

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