ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A St. Louis man is accused of beating his girlfriend’s three-year-old child to death.

Warrants were issued Saturday against 25-year-old Hershell Kirkman for second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, and one count of child abuse.

Police say Kirkman has admitted striking three-year-old Dashon Haskin with his fist several times.

Dashon’s mother, 22-year-old Ericka Haskin, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

An autopsy found the boy died from blunt force trauma, including a lacerated liver.

Hershell Kirkman’s bond is set at half-a-million dollars. Ericka Haskin’s is $300,000.

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