2-year-old injured last week dies at hospital

A 2-year-old boy taken to the hospital unconscious last week died about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Richmond County Assistant Coroner Johnny McDonald.

The boy's stepfather, Darian Thomas, 20, of the 3500 block of Shadybrook Drive, was arrested last week on suspicion of child cruelty, and the charge will likely be upgraded to murder, McDonald said.

Thomas took the child to the hospital and reportedly told a deputy the boy had run into a wall three days before. His eyes had swollen, but he showed no other ill effects until Aug. 18 , when he wouldn't wake up , according to a sheriff's report.