KC man charged with second-degree murder for alleged beating of 15-month-old

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man now faces new charges, including murder, in the alleged beating of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son. A grand jury indicted Nathaniel Littlefield late last week for several charges. He was in court on Monday for allegedly beating the little boy to death.

On June 1, a distraught Marissa Bruce first told FOX 4 the sudden and tragic death of her son, Messiah Henderson, left a huge hole in her heart.

“He was just everything to me. I’m just so heartbroken. I done cried and cried and cried,” she said.

Marissa Bruce told FOX 4 the loss of her 15-month-old child left her heartbroken.

Marissa Bruce told FOX 4 the loss of her 15-month-old child left her heartbroken.

She said on May 29 she left Messiah and his 5-month-old brother in the care of Littlefield while she went to work. She said when she returned home, Messiah was unresponsive. Doctors say the child suffered severe head trauma and a lacerated liver, and the little boy died three days later.

“Just the fact that he suffered, like that’s just the main thing. The fact that he suffered I know and I couldn’t imagine that happening to him,” Bruce said. “His eyes were just low. I know my son was gone.”

Messiah

Doctors said Messiah Henderson suffered severe head trauma and a lacerated liver before he died.

Before the child’s death, prosecutors charged Littlefield with single counts of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. A grand jury’s indictment includes several additional felonies for second degree murder, two counts of child abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors say Littlefield admitted to police that he “hit the child in the head repeatedly, but only to resuscitate him."

Bruce told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend on Monday that she hopes Littlefield pleads guilty so that she doesn’t have to go through a trial.

Prosecutors have requested an increase in Littlefield's bond, which was initially set at $100,000.