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A 2-year-old child died from physical injuries.

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TACOMA — Jake Musga was sentenced Thursday to 50 years to life after admitting he beat  his live-in girlfriend’s 2-year-old boy, sexually assaulted him and killed the boy.

The child, Chayson Colley, died in March.

TACOMA — a 19-year-old Tacoma man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child rape Monday morning, following the death of a 2-year-old boy, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Jake Musga, pleaded guilty to killing Chayson Colley in Pierce County Superior Court. He faces life in prison.

In late March, police were called Musga’s home in the Commencement Terrace apartment complex after receiving reports of Colley having trouble breathing. Musga came forward to police holding a bruised and battered child, and said that the mother of the child had left the baby in his care.

MusgaColley was taken to the hospital where he was shown to have a blood-alcohol level of .12 and showed no brain activity. He also had severe bruising around his rectum. Musuga was arrested.

He will be sentenced on Nov. 21, the News Tribune reported.

TACOMA — A 2-year-old who died after being found “covered in bruises” by Tacoma police had a .12 blood-alcohol level at the time of his death — one and a half times the legal limit for an adult driver in the state, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Jake Musga, 19, charged with first-degree murder and first-degree child rape, was being in the Pierce County Jail on $2 million bail. Musga pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Prosecutors and police call it one of the worst cases of child abuse they’ve ever seen.

“This is one of those crimes that just truly shocks the conscience. It leaves you with your head shaking.  Why beat a child? Why violate a child? Why force feed alcohol to a child?” Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

According to court documents, the baby, Chayson Colley, was bruised from head to toe, suffered bleeding in the brain and stomach, had a collapsed lung and bruising and the child had a blood alcohol level of .12.

Police said the 911 call came in just after 4 a.m. Saturday: A baby not breathing.

Musga, the mother’s boyfriend, was alone with the baby at the Commencement Terrace Apartments in downtown Tacoma and tried to explain the baby’s condition to police, saying the boy was rambunctious and often fell and hurt himself, but prosecutors say that doesn’t explain the injuries.

“The doctors and the medical examiner studied these injuries and they are not consistent with the defendant’s explanation of a fall here or a tumble there. These injuries are the result of abuse,” Lindquist said.

Musga allegedly told police that the child was not acting like himself during most of Friday. The child’s mother went to McCleary to celebrate her birthday and left Musga caring for the toddler. Musga told police that he drank four ounces of alcohol, and the child must have taken a sip from his drink when he wasn’t looking.

The pair went to bed in the late evening after a shared shower. Musga said the child got up in the middle of the night and fell to the floor. He discovered the baby wasn’t breathing and ran into the lobby for help.

The medical examiner found that the baby suffered injuries too numerous to count; there were specific fatal blows to the head and torso. He also suffered significant internal and external injuries that police say are consistent with rape.

Police also allegedly found numerous used diapers and used baby wipes that appeared to contain blood.

If convicted as charged, Musga faces 30 years behind bars, but because of the vulnerability of the child and the alleged rape, prosecutors say Musga could be sentenced to life in prison.

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TACOMA — The Pierce County Medical Examiner ruled a toddler found dead Saturday in Tacoma was killed.

The medical examiner said on Monday the baby died from blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen.

A Pierce County resident was arraigned Monday on one count of first-degree murder after the 2-year-old child was found dead in Tacoma. Police arrived at the home after receiving reports of the 2-year-old having trouble breathing. The man was arrested at the scene.

The suspect is being held in Pierce County Jail on $1.5 million bail. He is expected to be charged by Wednesday, police said.

Many details of the alleged crime were not immediately available, including the gender of the child, the location of the home and the manner of death.

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