Canton police arrest a 37-year-old man on suspicion of fatally beating a 2-year-old boy.

CANTON Police arrested a 37-year-old man and he has been charged with murder in connection with the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.

Along with murder, Antonio B. Hardeman of 3524 Ellis Ave. NE, was charged with felonious assault and endangering children. The victim, Kai'ja Derohn, was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center at 8:23 a.m. Saturday.  The child was transported to the hospital after emergency personnel arrived at the home of the suspect.

"This little boy was found unresponsive at home," said Harry Campbell, chief investigator with the Stark County Coroner's Office. "He was transported to Mercy ER (emergency room)."

Hardeman will be arraigned in Canton Municipal Court before Judge Mary Falvey at 9 a.m. via video conference.

The autopsy was performed Saturday and results submitted to city police. Hardeman, according to a booking form at the Stark County Jail, struck the boy in the mouth, and banged the child's head against a headboard and a wall. Kai'ja's mother called for emergency assistance, according to Police Chief Jack Angelo.

"From what I was told, it appeared the child was already deceased," Angelo said. "But they transported him to the hospital."

Angelo said he believes Hardeman was the boyfriend of the child's mother. The boy's mother is not facing any criminal charges in connection with Kai'ja's death.

After police detectives were notified of the boy's violent death, Hardeman was taken to police headquarters for questioning. Officers then secured a search warrant to look inside the home which is in a Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Ellisdale Homes complex.

"He was not charged until later (Saturday) night," Angelo said. "It was an all-day investigation for detectives. They were able to put enough together that the prosecutor felt comfortable in issuing the (arrest) warrants."

As of Sunday evening, no jail bond had been set for Hardeman.

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