An Iowa man has been arrested for murder after police say he killed his girlfriend’s two-year-old son by sitting on him because he was angry the child had grabbed his cellphone.
Pottawattamie County court records show 31-year-old Larry Murphy has been charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. He’s jailed on more than $1million bail.
According to police, Murphy’s girlfriend, who suffers from cerebral palsy, told them that the man was staying with her and her two sons at the American Inn motel in Council Bluffs when on Friday morning he became angry at her two-year-old, Oakland Oburu, for snatching away his phone.
Murphy is not the victim’s biological father, but he and his girlfriend have a nine-month-old son together.
The mother-of-two, who has not been criminally charged, said Murphy, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 160lbs, sat on the boy for around 20 seconds on a motel bed, reported Des Moines Register.
Oakland’s mother told police ‘her son was initially moaning,’ but then grew quiet.
She saw her boyfriend cover her son with a comforter before walking out of the room.
The mother said she later heard her toddler son wheezing on the bed, but because of her medical condition she could not walk over and check on him.