By Staff

TEMPE, Arizona (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – An Army soldier based at Fort Hood has been arrested in connection with the 2019 death of his former girlfriend’s baby, Tempe, Arizona police said Thursday, May 27.

They said Khairee Patton was taken into custody Tuesday, May 25.

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Authorities said Patton was booked into the Bell County Jail as he awaits extradition to Arizona where he’s facing charges of second-degree murder, child abuse and failure to provide care.

Khairee Patton (Bell County Jail)

Police said they were called to a Tempe hospital in January 2019 about an unresponsive 13-month-old child who arrived in critical condition and died.

The child’s mother had gone to work, leaving Patton to watch him.

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Investigators said Patton reported the baby hit his head on a stereo at the home.

But doctors said the injuries did not seem consistent with an accident and appeared to be caused by abuse.

Fort Hood criminal investigators have been coordinating with Tempe police detectives since Patton’s arrest.

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