UPDATE: Spokane Man Confesses to Beating Child to Death - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Spokane Man Confesses to Beating Child To Death

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 22-year-old man has confessed to the murder of a one-year-old boy who he beat to death, said detectives. He's identified as James Cooley.

It happened at an apartment complex on Market Street and East Everett Avenue in Hillyard Tuesday afternoon. Police say that James Cooley is the boyfriend of the child's mother. He was left to babysit the one-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother starting at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. When the mother came home around 4:00 in the afternoon Cooley told the mother the child was sleeping in the next room, then left the apartment.

The mother and visiting family later discovered the baby was blue in the face, beaten, and not breathing.

"We came over to visit the baby and the poor thing was black and blue and unresponsive. I tried to give him CPR but he was cold to the touch," said a friend of the family Les Prange.

Medics tried to revive the baby but were unable to. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police immediately started searching for Cooley who was found at his mother's home. After questioning Cooley, detectives say he confessed to hitting and beating the child.

"She had been with the mother for about 6 months he says and he did give us a confession of what he did to the child. Basically it was blunt force trauma caused by him with his hands. No weapon involved," said Lieutenant Dave McGovern.

McGovern said this is not the first time Cooley has been a suspect in a child abuse case. Detectives are still investigating a case back in May of 2010 where Cooley is accused of beating a 6-month old baby. The baby survived, but was left blind and with partial brain damage.

The family of the baby boy who died Tuesday tells KHQ they were unaware Cooley was involved in another child abuse case, and they're in complete shock.

James Cooley is charged with 1st Degree Murder and was booked in the Spokane County Jail.

Official Press Release:

On 9-28-10, at approximately 4:54 p.m., Spokane Police Department Officers were dispatched to an E. Everett address in Hillyard on a call of a one-year old male not breathing. The child was transported to a local hospital were he was pronounced deceased.

 Due to the nature of the incident, Major Crimes Detectives and the Medical Examiner were called out. Detectives are interviewing the family and are currently questioning a suspect, the boyfriend of the child's mother. No arrests have been made as of yet. There are no other outstanding suspects. The investigation is on-going and there is no further information at this time.

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