Judge in child death says 4 year-old lived in "house of horrors"

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A child death case against a mother and her boyfriend has been referred to a grand jury by a Chattanooga judge who described the child's living conditions as a "house of horrors."

A medical examiner's report shows 4-year-old Tyre'ke Evans died Dec. 19 of "multiple blunt force trauma" after his mother, Patricia Brewer, and Kenneth Coleman took him to a hospital, saying he had fallen on stairs.

The report shows brain swelling, internal bleeding and recent and healing rib fractures.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported an investigator testified Tuesday that the mom's boyfriend told them he struck the boy and his younger brother with a belt for soiling a bed. The brother was also hospitalized.

A defense attorney said he will seek separate trials.

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