Mother, boyfriend charged with Morgan Co. toddler's death

A Morgan County mother and her boyfriend are now accused of murdering her 17-month-old son.

On Monday, a grand jury indicted Amanda Beaty and Rodger Dale Prince on 1st degree murder charges in the death of Levi Ryan Beaty.

Investigators said Levi died on June 1, 2014, as the result of child abuse or neglect.

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Deputies were called to their home in Wartburg on the report of a child choking on a cookie. The little boy was taken to Roane Medical Center, where he died later in the day.

According to a TBI investigation, the autopsy showed Levis had multiple blunt force injuries including contusions, abrasions, lacerations, and a spine fracture.

Levi was already the subject of a DCS investigation, after he received multiple injuries including a splintered spine in November 2013. He was removed from his mother's home for a while, but was returned to her care on May 7. He died less than a month later.


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