Police: 4-year-old hit on head with stick dies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Homicide investigators in Memphis say they are looking into the death of a 4-year-old who was hit on the head with a stick while he was playing in the yard with another child.

Police said in a news release Thursday that the 4-year-old died Tuesday at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, one week after the incident.

Investigators say the 4-year-old’s father told them the child was playing in the front yard of their home when another juvenile joined him. The father said he saw the second juvenile strike the 4-year-old on the head with a stick.

Police say the victim went into a coma after being taken to the hospital, where he later died.

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