ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis foster mother has been charged with fatally beating a 3-year-old boy 17 months ago.

28-year-old Christina Bell was charged Friday with child abuse resulting in the death of Daylen Brown. Bell told detectives she had “primary care, custody and control” of Daylen when he was injured in December 2015. He died a St. Louis hospital several hours after police responded.

No attorney is listed for her in online court records.

Court records say he had a lacerated liver. Daylen’s cause of death was abdominal blunt trauma, and ruled a homicide.

It wasn’t immediately clear why charges are being filed more than a year after Daylen’s death. Prosecutors didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

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