BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX)–A Belleville man is behind bars, charged with the beating death of his girlfriend’s 3 year old daughter. 

St. Clair County Sheriff’s investigators say it happened Friday when relatives of little Mia Caito went to her Belleville apartment and found her unresponsive. 

She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

The victim was being watched by her mother’s boyfriend, who was charged Saturday with first degree murder. 

22 year old Julian Gates is being held in the St. Clair County jail on a $2 million bond.

(Copyright KMOX)

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