Prosecutors say the aunt of a 3-year-old Brooklyn boy fatally beat the toddler with a belt after he refused to complete a spelling assignment.
Christen Dale was arraigned Friday on manslaughter, assault and other charges in the death of Ethan Ali. She was remanded to jail. Her attorney didn't immediately return a message.
A criminal complaint says the 21-year-old Dale told a detective Ali was having trouble spelling and refused to finish an assignment for the first time Tuesday.
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Prosecutors say the next day Dale struck the boy repeatedly with the belt. Officers found the bruised child at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday in a Brownsville apartment.
A medical examiner found extensive bruising on his body, back and head as well as internal bleeding from being hit with a belt buckle.