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More charges against man accused of beating 4-year-old to death

Jeremy McIntosh (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.) Jeremy McIntosh (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) – A man who was babysitting a neighbor's child and is accused of beating the 4-year-old to death has had the charges against him upgraded.

According to Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley, Jeremy McIntosh has had the charges against him upgraded to injury to a child resulting in death. The Butler County Prosecutor said the charge can carry the same penalty as murder.

An autopsy showed 4-year-old Zoey Slager died Friday from blunt force trauma to the head. Police say McIntosh told them he hit the child a number of times because she was not minding him and continued to cry wanting her mom and dad.

The mother of Slager, Jennifer Thrower, called McIntosh and told him she was on her way home, and he told Thrower he would take her daughter to her home. When Thrower arrived at home she checked on her daughter but could not wake her and then called 9-1-1.

When police arrived they found Slager unresponsive with no pulse and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A judge set Jeremy McIntosh's bond at $1 million.

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