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Knoxville boy dies after being thrown, head struck against tub

1:09 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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A Children's Hospital spokesperson says a 5-year-old boy who was rushed to the hospital with multiple severe injuries Saturday was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.

His mother's boyfriend, Tyrail Cooke, 23, of Knoxville, was charged with one count of Aggravated Child Abuse and additional charges were possible.  

Police tell 10News officers were called to investigate the possible death of Robert Reyes on Cassell Valley Way.  When they arrived the child was still alive and he was rushed to the hospital.

In court documents, police said the child, Robert Jose Reyes, was pushed into a television stand where the boy struck his head twice on the stand before landing on the floor.

Police said Cooke also confessed to carrying the child over his shoulders and throwing him to the ground from shoulder height.

The court documents also said that Cooke struck the child's head several more times on a bathtub.

Police said Cooke told them the boy appeared "lifeless" and was "gasping for air".

Injuries documented included severe head trauma, retinal hemorrhaging, and bruising on various parts of his body.

According to the court documents, police also said Cooke had marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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A 5-year-old boy is clinging to life while his mother's boyfriend is in jail, charged with abusing him.

According to Knoxville Police, on October 20, officers were called to investigate the possible death of a little boy at a home on Cassell Valley Way. When they arrived, the child was still alive, and he was rushed to Children's Hospital with multiple severe injuries.

That little boy, Robert Reyes, was on life support Tuesday, according to police.

His mother's boyfriend, Tyrail Cooke, 23, of Knoxville, was charged with one count of Aggravated Child Abuse. The charges could be upgraded if the child dies.

Neighbors told 10News they were stunned by the alleged incident.

"It's sad to hear something like that has happened to a child," said neighbor Pamela Coffin.

Another neighbor said if Cooke did in fact commit the crime, he needs to be severely punished.

"You can't harm your child and have nothing happen," neighbor Brittani Crenshaw said.

Cooke is in jail on a $150,000 bond. Aside from the abuse charge, the Knox County Detention Center is also holding him on a child support case out of Blount County.

According to Cooke's Facebook page, he graduated from Karns High School in 2008.

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