Boyfriend Charged in Death of Girlfriend's Son

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by Kathryn Searles

LONG VIEW, N.C. -- A one year old boy in Long View is dead and his three year old sister has been taken to the hospital with burns.

Investigators say the children's mother was not home, but her boyfriend has been charged in the incident.

William Lail, 25, is in Catawba County Jail under $100,000 bond. He is charged with Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Injury/Death and Murder.

A neighbor says it was difficult to see the burns on the little girl's back.

"It looked just horrible. I can't imagine how that kid got burned that bad. Couldn't even imagine anything like that happening to my little boy," said Kyle Sigmon, who lives near the crime scene.

Investigators have not released details on how the toddler died.

His sister was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center. Her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

We will continue to track this story and bring you the latest.

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