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Logan Man Charged In Toddler's Murder Appears In Court
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 17, 2012 7:42 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 18, 2012 6:41 PM EDT
Amherstdale , Logan County , West Virginia
A Logan County man charged with murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old son appeared in court Thursday.
Nicholas Turkale, 25, was arrested Wednesday. Police said Turkale shoved the toddler, Adyin Toler, into a door frame, which caused a skull fracture, killing the child.
The incident happened Monday at the home Turkale and the boy’s mother share, along Rendezvous Road in Crites. Troopers said the two originally told hospital workers the child fell off a sink and hit his head. The toddler died Wednesday.
Turkale is charged with murder of a child by a custodian. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
A Logan County man has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend's 2-year-old little boy.
Troopers from the Logan detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrested Nicholas Turkale, 25, of Amherstdale on Wednesday.
Eyewitness News is told that Aydin Toler, 2, was taken to the hospital with a head injury earlier this week. Toler died on Wednesday.
Turkale and the child's mother originally told hospital workers the child fell off of a sink and hit his head. Troopers were notified on Tuesday about the child's injuries, and were called to investigate.
Upon further investigation, investigators say the child's injuries were inconsistent with a fall or accident. They believe the child died from blunt force trauma to the head.
"After talking with multiple people, talking with the parents, the live-in boyfriend of the mom, we actually got a confession from him that he did murder the child," explained Trooper M.A. Broadwater of the West Virginia State Police.
State police say Turkale is also being charged with child neglect resulting in death by a parent or custodian.
He is set to be arraigned in Logan County Magistrate Court, Thursday morning. He's in the Southwestern Regional Jail.
State police say the mother likely will not face charges.
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