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Tennessee man charged with beating child to death found dead in jail cell


CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — A 23-year-old man charged beating a 3-year-old to death has died after being found unresponsive in his cell.

WRCB-TV in Chattanooga ( ) reported that officers found Justin Dale Bradley unresponsive in his cell on Saturday. Hamilton County Jail spokeswoman Janice Atkinson says the inmate was taken to a hospital in Erlanger, where he was pronounced dead.

Bradley was charged with criminal homicide after he phoned deputies saying that Dakota James Arndt, had drowned.

Medical staff found bruising to the forehead, chest, back, buttocks and groin area of the child. An examination showed that Dakota had a dislocated shoulder, bi-lateral retinal hemorrhaging and severe brain swelling.

Jail officials placed Bradley on suicide watch after the child's death in August. His next court date was Sept. 30.

Information from: WRCB-TV,

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