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Laurinburg man charged with killing 17-month-old boy

Authorities say a 26-year-old Laurinburg man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend's toddler son.

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SAINT PAULS, N.C. — Authorities say a 26-year-old Laurinburg man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend's toddler son.

St. Pauls police Chief Thomas Hagens told The Fayetteville Observer on Thursday that autopsy results led to first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges against Robert James Jordan.

Hagens says the Medical Examiner's Office reported 17-month-old Nathaniel Bruce Reed was beaten in his head and chest.

Police said the toddler died Nov. 22, hours after the boy's mother called police to the Fox Ridge apartments, on South McGoogan Street in St. Pauls. Paramedics called police from the scene. The boy died after being transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

Jordan remains in the Robeson County jail without bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer

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