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Bradenton man arrested, charged in connection to toddler's death

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 11:27:45-05

A Bradenton man has been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse in connection with the death of his wife's 1-year-old son. 

Ethan Thompson would have been two-years-old in December.

Deputies were called to a residence on 4th Street East in Bradenton for reports of an unresponsive child. Thompson was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Detectives are investigating the death of the child and have determined that he was physically abused by 25-year-old Montez McNeal, the husband of the child's mother.

Detectives say the injuries from the abuse contributed to the child's death. 

Five other children were living at the residence and they have been removed and are in protective custody. The mother has not been charged in this case.