Stepfather Arrested in Death of 3-Year-Old Bronx Girl

She died as a result of blunt trauma to the abdomen.

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    Police are investigating the death of a three-year-old girl in the Bronx. Her death was ruled a homicide. (Published Friday, Sep 16, 2011)

    Police say the stepfather of a 3-year-old girl in the Bronx who died as the result of blunt trauma to the abdomen was arrested Friday. 

    Kenneth Williams, 27, of the Bronx  was arrested on charges of murder, manslaughter, assault, and reckless endangerment. 

    Authorities found India Durant after a 911 call Wednesday night of an unconscious child.

    Emergency personnel rushed Durant to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Thursday morning.

    India was staying with her mother when she died. According to relatives, Williams was watching the girl alone when he says her high chair fell down.

    "These internal injuries that she sustained, the child couldn't have just fallen off a chair," grandmother Sharon Eaddy said at the time, doubtful of Williams' story.

    The medical examiner ruled the child's death a homicide. The cause was internal injuries as the result of a blow to the abdomen with a blunt object.

    Her father, Marquis Eaddy, says the girl was quiet, with a shy smile, and says she took after him.

    "India, that was my heart. That's my angel, my first and only child," he said.

    Eaddy told her goodbye at the hospital, rocking her lifeless body.

    "I told her to come back, 'Come back,'" he said.