FLORISSANT, Mo. – St. District Attorney’s Office Louis accused a Berkeley man of the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
Investigators said the boy was found dead last week in a Florissant home in the 3200 block of Cross Keys Drive.
Dajuan Louden is accused of grabbing and punching a 2-year-old boy.
Prosecutors said Louden, 25, admitted the offense and confessed to hitting the boy several times.
Authorities say this is a very emotional time for all involved.
“These are always the cases where they will go home a little harder. If someone feels they might harm a child, they should try and get help before doing so,” said St. Louis Wesley Bell said.
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery wants families to know the doors are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“It’s horrible, it’s horrible; It breaks my heart to hear that another child has died with help,” said DiAnne Mueller, CEO of Saint Louis Crisis Nursery. “The crisis incubator is one of those places where people can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People don’t know it’s free. It really is the right thing to do.”
The organization provides a short-term safe haven to thousands of children each year whose families face emergencies due to illness, homelessness, domestic violence, or parental stress.
“We need to challenge our community that we can never hurt our children and that there is a line we cannot cross. In this situation, the line was crossed and this child died and that broke my heart,” said Mueller.
Saint Louis Crisis Incubator
24-hour helpline: 314-768-3201
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