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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Nashville man is facing charges in connection with the recent death of a 3-year-old boy.

On April 26, the child, Elijah Hunter, was transported from his home to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital after he reportedly stopped breathing.

The boy died shortly after arriving at the hospital, and staff reported he had numerous injuries. 

During the investigation into the death, police discovered Elijah had multiple bruises on his abdomen, chest, back, legs, arms, face and head.

At the time of the incident, the boy lived with his mother, and her boyfriend, Donald L. Harris, 30, who were both with the victim at their home when 911 was called.

The warrant against Harris was taken out on May 7. Police had been unable to find him until Wednesday when an officer working an unrelated call on Litton Avenue spotted Harris and took him into custody.

Harris admitted to whipping the victim multiple times with a belt. He also demonstrated striking the child with his fist that was holding the belt.

The death investigation is continuing. Detectives are awaiting the medical examiner's autopsy findings and a determination of the cause of death.

Harris is charged with aggravated child abuse and being held on $250,000 bond.

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