A Jackson man accused of killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son admitted striking the child but said he didn't do it intentionally
, a police detective testified Monday.
Cortney Franklin, 30, was in Hinds County Court on Monday for a second preliminary hearing in the same case. Unlike his first preliminary hearing, though, Franklin now is facing a capital murder charge
. Initially he was charged with child abuse.
The charge was upgraded in September after further autopsy results were received, Jackson police Detective Eric Smith testified Monday.
"The child had blunt-force injuries to the head," Smith said.
The child also had older abrasions and scrapes, Smith said.
Smith said Franklin initially denied he did anything to the child but changed his story to say he struck the child accidentally while they were playing
The child, Montgomery "Monty" Wallis, was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center on June 1 with multiple injuries to the head and body, according to police. The child died within two days.
Franklin initially told police the child ran head first into a door and fell
. He said he then noticed the child didn't want to play.
After a while, he said, he found the child unresponsive.
Stevenson said Franklin called the child's mother three times before calling 911