- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old man who had been seen “play-fighting” with his 4-year-old son has been arrested on a negligent homicide charge in the boy’s death, Baton Rouge police say.

Kristopher Darius Carter, 25, maintains his innocence and took a lie detector test that backs up his statement about Marcel Tennie’s death on Nov. 30, defense attorney Ronald Haley Jr. told local news media Tuesday.

“Kristopher unequivocally loved his son and is devastated by the tragedy,” he said in a statement quoted by WAFB-TV (https://bit.ly/2h0lcmP ). He told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/2gLcs6l ) that evidence against Carter is “merely circumstantial.”

An autopsy found bruises on Marcel’s abdomen and a torn small bowel, according to the arrest report.

It said someone who was with the boy and his father Nov. 29 saw Carter punching Marcel and urging him to punch back.

The boy’s mother told investigators she had repeatedly told Carter not to “play fight” with their son because he sometimes hit the child too hard, according to the report.

School officials and the mother told police Marcel seemed fine before his father picked him up from school Nov. 29.

However, the arrest report said Carter said that Marcel was acting strange when he picked him up, The Advocate reported.

At his house, the boy defecated on himself and vomited, refused food and slept, Carter told police. During the night, he said, the child developed diarrhea and eventually seemed to stop breathing. After attempting CPR, he took the boy to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

Carter told police he didn’t seek medical treatment earlier because Marcel said he didn’t want to go to the hospital.

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