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Ernest Eugene Oveal Jr., 2, Bayou Body Count No. 10

A toddler has died from head injuries he received at his northeast side apartment, and police have arrested his father.

Ernest Eugene Oveal, 25, was arrested and charged with injury to a child in connection with the January 20 death of his son, Ernest Eugene Oveal Jr., 2, police say.

Their version of events:

The suspect, Oveal, found Ernest Jr. in his bed with a soiled diaper and feces outside his diaper. Oveal placed his son on a training toilet inside the room and then left the room to tend to his other child. When he returned, Oveal found Ernest Jr. had thrown feces in the room. Oveal told police he then retrieved a belt and disciplined Ernest Jr. who became limp and stopped breathing.

The incident happened in the 9700 block of Mesa Drive. The child was transported to LBJ and then to the Children's Hopsital where he was pronounced dead.

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