• A 19-year-old Washington man was charged with assault after allegedly beating his girlfriend's daughter to death
  • The 19-month-old girl died Sunday after being hospitalized last week
  • Doctors classified the victim's injuries as non-accidental, inflicted trauma indicative of child abuse

A man in Spokane Valley, Washington, has been charged with assault after he allegedly beat his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter to death nearly a week ago.

Police charged Mickey Brown, 19, for allegedly beating the unnamed toddler, KHQ reported. The girl died Sunday after being hospitalized, her family said.

Brown was arrested after the child was discovered in his car with life-threatening head injuries last Wednesday, local newspaper The Spokesman-Review reported, citing police. He was booked into Spokane County Jail just before 2 p.m. Friday, where he faced a felony charge of assault of a child.

The 19-year-old told investigators that he was giving the girl a bath when she started to have a seizure, KHQ cited police as saying. He then allegedly rushed to a neighbor's house for help but tripped and fell on the girl.

A pediatric doctor told deputies that the girl's severe injuries "could not be reasonably explained," according to the KHQ report. Additionally, the doctor classified her injuries as non-accidental, inflicted trauma indicative of child abuse and would "most likely result in death."

The child's mother was reportedly notified that her daughter had stopped breathing, had no pulse and suffered a seizure following the incident. She allegedly told detectives that she left the child in Brown's care and was unaware of anyone else being present when the incident occurred.

Brown was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

Spokane Valley Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate the case.

A similar incident occurred in Florida in June when a 25-year-old babysitter was arrested after a toddler was found dead in a bathtub while under his care.

Joshua Manns was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect with great bodily harm over the death of 3-year-old Jameson Nance.

While Manns claimed the toddler drowned, court documents showed the child was abused for weeks before his mother found him dead in a bathtub at their West Melbourne home on June 11. Additionally, an autopsy revealed there were no signs of drowning in the child's death.

The boy had a broken rib and tooth as well as damage to his esophagus and seven stab wounds to the head. A medical report also indicated that at least ​three of the stab wounds showed signs of healing.

An officer from the Department of Children and Families visited the boy's daycare to investigate “suspicious injuries” the child had, such as burns on his arm. The child had allegedly complained to a care worker at the facility about Manns hitting and burning him.

Manns was taken into custody from Georgia on June 29 and jailed in Brevard County.

Representation. Mickey Brown, 19, claimed he was giving the victim a bath when she started to have a seizure. Pixabay