LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Lawrenceville Police have charged a 35-year-old man with fatally beating his stepchild.
The 2-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was found unresponsive in a back bedroom at Bertrand Hounkpatin's home on Jan. 25.
Police said Hounkpatin disciplined the victim shortly before the child was found, and an 11-year-old sibling tried to perform CPR on the baby. The victim was later pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center.
Autopsy results released Tuesday revealed that a pattern of abuse contributed to the child's death, according to police. None of the other children living in Hounkpatin's house showed signs of abuse.
Hounkpatin was charged with felony murder and three counts of cruelty to children. He is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.