TAMPA, FL – Police have charged 24-year-old Austin Hamilton with first-degree murder after he admitted to using a belt to whip a 1-year-old to death because the boy peed on him during a diaper change.
On Saturday, the child’s mother went to work and left him and his 6-year-old brother with Hamilton in a room at the Motel 6 where she lived. Hamilton, who is not the father of either child, called 911 later that night to report the boy was having trouble breathing.
The child would die after being rushed to the hospital by paramedics who arrived and found him unresponsive on a bed. Hamilton initially claimed he didn’t hit or punish the boy in any way, and that the boy was not involved in any accidents.
That story would change after the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office report stated the child died as a result of blunt force trauma to the lower abdomen, and ruled his death a homicide.
When detectives confronted Hamilton with these findings, he changed his story and admitted he was responsible for the boy’s death. He said that while changing the toddler’s diaper, he “lost control” when the boy urinated on him.
“Lost control” is a bit of an understatement in this particular case, as Hamilton told detectives he used a leather belt to whipped the boy several times all over his body before picking him up and dropping him, causing the boy to hit his head.
After Hamilton’s admission, police arrested him on charges of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He’s currently in the Hillsborough County Jail. The 6-year old was not injured.Tags: Austin Hamilton, Beating, belt, Child Abuse, Crime, Florida, Murder