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Father arrested after 4-year-old child dies from \'play fighting\'

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BATON ROUGE – A 25-year-old man has been arrested after his four-year-old child that he was "play fighting" with died from his injuries.

Kristopher Carter, 25, was arrested on one count of negligent homicide.

Around 7 a.m. on Nov. 30, homicide detectives responded to Oschner Medical Center in response to the death of a four-year-old child. After Carter took the child to the hospital, staff stated that the child had bruises on his abdomen area and was unresponsive. The child died shortly after arrival.

An autopsy was performed and it was discovered the child had a lacerated bowel. The child's death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma.

Carter told detectives that he picked up the child from school the day before and noticed that he was acting strangely. The child defecated and vomited on himself and refused to eat or sleep for the rest of the day. The child's condition worsened until he became unresponsive. Carter stated that he then took the child to the hospital.

When detectives asked Carter why he did not take the child to the hospital sooner, Carter stated that he did not want to go and did not know what happened to the child.

A witness who was at the home with Carter and the child told detectives that they saw Carter "play fighting" with the child and punching him. The child's mother also stated that she told Carter previously not to "play fight" with the child because sometimes he hits too hard. The mother stated that Carter insisted on the child staying the night with him on Nov. 29 so she did not have the opportunity to see him following the incident. 

Carter was arrested on the above charge. According to arrest records, Carter was released on bond. 

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