NORCROSS, Ga. -- Police have charged a 23-year-old man with felony murder in the death of his girlfriend's son in Gwinnett County.
Police spokesperson Cpl. Jake Smith says officers responded to an apartment home on Graves Road in unincorporated Norcross Monday. They found 16-month-old Noah Nolan not breathing and took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police arrested Cody Williams, the mother's boyfriend.
According to the arrest warrant, Williams struck the child in the face twice with the heel of his hand and shook the child roughly. When 911 was called, the child was no longer breathing. Police say Williams was watching his girlfriend's son and his older sister at the apartment where they all lived. Williams was originally charged with child cruelty, but that charge was upgraded to murder late Tuesday afternoon.