Man gets 25 years in 3-year-old boy’s beating death in Eagan

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The boyfriend of a Minnesota foster mother has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal beating of a 3-year-old boy in her care.

Twenty-eight-year-old Charles Homich was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier to second-degree murder in the June 2017 death of Zayden Lawson.

The Star Tribune reports Homich’s girlfriend, 32-year-old Zeporia Fortenberry, was sentenced in June to nearly 3½ years after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

Authorities found Zayden without a pulse in an Eagan townhome. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Investigators say Fortenberry worked a night shift the previous evening and asked Homich to care for her two biological children and two foster children, Zayden and his younger brother.

Fortenberry said Homich would “lose his cool” if he had to change Zayden’s diaper.

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