Man charged with murder in death of girlfriend’s young son

CLEVELAND (AP) – A 20-year-old Cleveland man has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 9-month-old son. reports a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Wednesday set bond at $500,000 for Matthew Torres, who is charged in the death of Julian Garcia-Fonesca. Authorities say Julian was fatally injured while Torres was baby-sitting him and his 2-year-old brother last month.

Police say the children’s mother returned home from work Dec. 17 and found Julian struggling to breathe and with cuts on his face. He later died at a hospital.

Court records show the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Julian’s death a homicide caused by lacerations to the liver.

Court records don’t indicate if Torres has an attorney. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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