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Oyo Hotel Baton Rouge East I-12, at 9999 Gwenadele Ave, seen Thursday, May 19, 2022. This particular OYO location had the most overdose EMS calls of any hotel or motel in the parish since the start of last year.

A father accused of letting his 2-year-old son fall down a flight of stairs, beating him with a belt and leaving him alone, unresponsive in a Baton Rouge hotel room will now face a first-degree murder count, according to Baton Rouge police. 

Anderson King, 25, was arrested Monday on a count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after his son Kyland King died from injuries he suffered Sunday at the OYO Hotel. Authorities said Tuesday the arrest count for Anderson King, 9999 Gwenadele Ave., Baton Rouge, was upgraded to first-degree murder. 

A report from East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark found that Kyland King died from multiple blunt-force trauma injuries. 

Kyland King's death was the third high-profile case of child neglect reported in East Baton Rouge Parish this past week. A mother was arrested after her 2-year-old son died from a fentanyl overdose and a Zachary man was arrested and accused of rape and sexual abuse of several children in his care.

Staff writer James Finn contributed to this report.


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