Toddler, believed to be victim of child abuse, dies from injuries; man in custody

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JOPLIN, Mo. (KY3) A toddler, who police believe was the victim of child abuse, has died from his injuries.

According to investigators, Jonathan Munoz-Bilbrey, 3, died just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday at a hospital in Kansas City.

Police were called to Freeman Hospital in Joplin on Friday after the boy came in with serious injuries consistent with abuse.

Police arrested Lenard Valdez, 21, in connection to the incident, which they believe took place at an apartment building in the 1100 block of S. Madison Ave.

Prosecutors charged Valdez with child abuse; authorities expect additional charges to be filed by Monday. There was no immediate word on the relation between the victim and suspect. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.