Elkhart Man Now Charged with Murder of 4-Year Old

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have charged an Elkhart man with murder in the death of a 4-year-old boy who died at a hospital after being beaten unconscious.

Nineteen-year-old Christian Maradiaga of Elkhart has also been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and interference in reporting of a crime.

Maradiaga had originally faced a preliminary battery charge, but that was upgraded to murder after the boy died a day after he was taken to Elkhart General Hospital.

Maradiaga was in court for an initial hearing yesterday.