Man convicted of murder, other counts in boy’s beating death

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – A jury has convicted a Michigan man of murder and other charges in the beating death of a 3-year-old boy in Lafayette.

Jermaine Garnes of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was convicted of murder, neglect resulting in death, aggravated battery resulting in death and battery on a person under 14 resulting in death.

The jury returned the verdicts Wednesaday. Garnes and his girlfriend, Crystal Lynn Cox, were both charged in August 2021 in connection with the death of 3-year-old Zeus Cox.

The little boy was found dead on a bedroom floor with bruises on his chest, stomach and other areas of his body.