Tavon Mahlab now faces first-degree murder charges after his four-month-old son has died. Mahlab was arrested three weeks ago for allegedly beating the child so badly the infant was placed on life support. The 30-year-old North Miami man was already being held in jail with no bond.
Mahlab originally admitted to police that he slapped his son twice and then dropped him on a nightstand. The injury fractured the child's skull and left him brain dead. He was being kept alive by a ventilator but was not expected to survive. Mahlab has however since denied that he beat his son.
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Now, according to CBS Miami, prosecutors believe that not only did Mahlab beat his son, but he waited more than 30 minutes to call 911. X-rays showed the child suffered a fractured skull, subdural bleeding, retinal hemorrhage, and bleeding on the brain.