A search warrant posted on the door of a Long View home where an 18-month-old boy died Friday said “excessive water” came from the toddler’s mouth and nose as his mother’s boyfriend attempted CPR.
The search warrant also noted a witness’ observation that the boy, who was not named, had burns on his body and bruising on his forehead.
Long View police have charged the mother’s boyfriend, William Lail III, with murder and two counts of felony child abuse after the toddler’s death. The boy’s three-year-old sister also had burns on her body, according to a neighbor who held her until paramedics arrived.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, recalled Saturday how she saw Lail run to a neighbor’s house screaming for them to call 911. Then she said Lail run back to his own home before returning to the neighbor with the toddler’s lifeless body.
The woman said the young boy “looked blue,” as if he had been dead a while.
Police said the children's’ mother was not home at the time.
The three-year-old girl was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for her injuries. Her condition was not available Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, Lail was being held Saturday in the Catawba County jail, and is expected to make a first court appearance on Monday, according to an Observer check of the website of the Catawba Sheriff’s Office.
Records show Lail is also charged with a probation violation. The type of offense was not immediately available, but jail records show Lail had a court date scheduled this month for failure to report an accident and resisting a public officer in a case from 2011.
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