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Lorain couple arrested after toddler dies from burns

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    Andre Moore



Two Lorain County residents were arrested this afternoon following the death of a child due to burns in November.

After conferring with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Metro Health physicians, the Lorain County Prosecutor, and Child Protective Services, the Lorain police issued arrest warrants for Andre Moore, 30, and his girlfriend, Samone Boykins, 30, the toddler’s mother.

Moore, who is currently incarcerated at the Lorain County Jail on a parole violation offense, was served with the charges Friday afternoon on charges including aggravated murder and felony child endangering.

Boykins also was arrested on a felony child endangering charge and was at the Lorain County Jail.

The arrests came after a nearly two-month investigation into Moore and Boykins, which began when a call was made to 911 requesting an ambulance for a small child who had suffered burns.

Moore and the person who called 911 had been watching Brandon Williams II, 2, at the time of the incident. In his call to 911, Moore claimed that Brandon had suffered the burns while taking a bath.

However, Moore’s version of the events was not consistent with the injuries that the child was treated for. In addition to being burned on approximately 45 percent of his body, Brandon was in the process of healing from bruising to his face, a hip and a broken rib.

Brandon was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain and later flown to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland where he was admitted into the burn unit. Brandon died five days later, police said.

Both Moore and Boykins are to be arraigned Tuesday in Lorain Municipal Court.

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