UPDATE: Coroner identifies 3-year-old boy allegedly killed by father

LAS VEGAS - UPDATE: The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the 3-year-old boy as Dominick Degraffenreid. 

We're learning new details on the father arrested for the beating death of his child.  Brandon Nicholson faces multiple felony charges including murder by child abuse, Metro said.

Metro said a call was made to 9-1-1 at 2:09 p.m. from an apartment in the 4600 block of Vegas Drive near Decatur Boulevard.

Officers at the scene were told the 3-year-old boy was found not breathing in a bathtub.

When paramedics arrived, the child was found unresponsive.  The toddler was then rushed to University Medical Center where he died.

Officers said there was bruising on various parts of the little boy's body, so Metro's Abuse and Neglect Unit was called in to investigate.  Metro Police arrested the child's father, Brandon Nicholson for the beating death of his son. 

 

"During our initial investigation, we recognized there was outwards sign of trauma on the child's body, and thus we are out here investigating the cause of those injuries," said Lt. Roger Price, Metro Abuse and Neglect Unit.

The child lived with Nicholson in the apartment. 

"He was his mini-me. They did absolutely everything together, everything together," said Jamie McBride, Nicholson's girlfriend.  "I'm really going to miss that."

McBride said she has helped raised 3-year-old Dominic ever since Nicholson was born.

"He brought so much happiness to our home, McBride said.  "He really brought us together."

McBride said when she came home Friday, she learned of Dominic's death.  Both McBride and his sister, MaryLynn Le, said Nicholson fought long and hard to win custody of son.

"He was at home with him every day," Le said. "Every time I would come over and see him, he was making meals, making sure he ate his breakfast, making sure he took his bath, his nap time was on schedule. Everything was good."

"Heartbreaking doesn't even begin to explain it,"according to McBride. "I'm lost. I feel very, very empty."


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