Father charged with murder for allegedly beating toddler to death
TACOMA, Wash. -- A 32-year-old man beat his 3-year-old son to death after the son wet their shared bed two nights in a row, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, Kingsa McKnight, 32, brought his son to an urgent care center June 13. Nurses told him his son, who was lethargic and vomiting, needed to go to the emergency department immediately. McKnight reportedly ignored nurses and took his soon home instead.
Eight days later, McKnight took his unconscious son to the hospital, where he was placed on life support after 12 rounds of CPR, according to the Prosecutor's Office.
The victim reportedly had bruises to his head and chest, two subdural hemorrhages, a skull fracture, a liver laceration and a fractured rib. According to the Prosecutor's Office, the victim's head injuries had been inflicted hours before he was brought to the hospital.
The victim was taken off life support Monday, and he died.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, the victim's parents live separately, and he had spent the three days prior to his hospitalization with McKnight.
The victim's mother reportedly told detectives McKnight was upset because the victim was having trouble potty training. According to the Prosecutor's Office, McKnight said he shares a bed with his son, and his son had wet the bed two nights in a row.
McKnight has been charged with homicide by abuse and murder.