UPDATE: Not guilty pleas were entered on Myers’ behalf in Superior Court Thursday afternoon. Court Commission Meagan Foley set bail at $2 million.
PREVIOUS POST: Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 28-year-old Tacoma man with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.
Derrick Myers will be arraigned this afternoon.
Myers and Terric Davis’ 23-year-old mother lived together in an apartment in the 7600 block of Pacific Avenue. Authorities said it was not uncommon for the boy’s mother to leave him and a 2-year-old girl in Myers’ care while she worked.
The girl was placed in protective custody.
On Tuesday, the mother left home about 3:40 p.m. to work a four-hour shift at her second job at a nearby store.
When she get off work that day, Myers sent her a text message saying the boy would need a bath because he “had made a mess of himself,” according to charging documents.
The mother found Terric on the bathroom floor complaining of stomach pain. He had vomited and was lethargic.
Myers went to take a nap while the mother cared for Terric. When the boy’s condition worsened, she took him to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
The boy died 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital.
Doctors noticed signs of abuse, leading to Myers’ arrest.
An autopsy conducted Wednesday revealed significant stomach injuries that caused internal bleeding, a lacerated pancreas, a transected small bowel and numerous bruises. His cause of death was ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma.