BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
A Brockton man is held without bail after pleading not guilty to fatally beating his girlfriend's 4-year-old son.
Thirty-two-year-old Antonio Durham was arraigned Tuesday on a murder charge in connection with the June death of Chauncey Cohen.
The Plymouth district attorney's office says the boy's mother, 28-year-old Tania Merisca, pleaded not guilty to a charge as an accessory after the fact. She is held on $250,000 cash bail.
Prosecutors said the incident happened inside a hotel where Chauncey, according to the medical examiner, was beaten to death.
Chauncey was brought to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton on June 2 by Merisca, who said he became unresponsive while she was bathing him. When the child died about an hour later, hospital officials alerted police.
Investigators determined that the boy died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
Merisca in June defended Durham.
When 7’s Steve Cooper spoke with Merisca after his death last year, she had no clue how her son died.
“Me and my friend were together every single day. I don't think he would have hurt my son. I don't think he would hurt my son, but I don’t know,” said Merisca.
Prosecutors told the judges many of the couple's movements before and after the murder were caught on hotel surveillance cameras.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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