A man suspected of fatally beating his girlfriend’s young son earlier this week is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon in the case.
The 25-year-old man was being held in Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder in Wednesday night’s death of Michael-Kekoa Ravenell. He also was being held on unrelated drug and domestic violence-related warrants.
The 3 1/2-year-old Michael died of blunt force trauma to the head on Wednesday at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The boyfriend initially told police the boy was injured while playing on equipment at a playground in an apartment complex in the 2200 block of South 96th Street.
In later conversations, the man admitted he choked and beat the young boy. Detectives arrested the man and booked him into jail just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
The man was scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. in Pierce County Superior Court.
Michael’s death is the fifth homicide in the city so far this year.