A 33-year-old man told investigators at Metro that he beat a two-year-old boy to death in a home in East Nashville because the child did not stop whining, the arrest warrant claimed.
Rozelle Westmoreland was arrested and held in Metro Jail late on a criminal murder charge.
The memo states that Metro Police and the Nashville Fire Department responded to an apartment on North Second Street near Joseph Street, where a two-year-old was found unconscious and not breathing. The boy was taken to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and declared dead around 5:30 p.m., according to the papers.
Metro Police said Westmoreland hit the child in the head and torso, then pushed the child to the side of the bathtub, causing his head to hit the ground. Officers said Westmoreland then picked up the baby, dressed him, put him to bed, and left the apartment.
An autopsy revealed that the two-year-old had suffered skull fractures with brain haemorrhage and nine rib fractures. According to the investigators. They added that the child also suffers from “serious internal injuries” including a “rupture of the liver” and “having his lungs attached to his rib cage from severe trauma.”
The note did not disclose the relationship between Westmoreland and the young boy.
Westmoreland was held in a Metro prison without bond.