4-year-old boy dies after beating; mother's boyfriend charged with murder

James "Tony" Hack
James "Tony" Hack

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A young boy who was hospitalized in critical condition after being severely beaten died Friday at Kosair Children's Hospital.

According to LMPD police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley, James "Tony" Hack died Dec. 17, two days after he was hospitalized. Police say his mother's boyfriend, 29-year-old Johnny Juliot, beat the child.

Tony was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital Wednesday with three skull fractures and bruises covering his body on Dec. 15.

Police say Juliot has a violent history:  Juliot was accused of beating and choking his ex-girlfriend in October.

"There is nothing that a four-year-old could do to deserve any type of assault, this is horrible," said LMPD spokeswoman Officer Carey Klain.

According to the police report, Juliot admitted he used a toothbrush handle to pry the boy's mouth open as he suffered a seizure from the abuse. The police report also states Juliot cleaned up the scene in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Juliot remains jailed at Metro Corrections. He was originally charged with criminal abuse, but has now been charged with murder.

Police don't expect to file charges against the boy's mother because she was not aware of his violent background.

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