Beaten Baby Dies on Life Support, Father Now Faces Murder Charges

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.

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.

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