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Joplin, MO -- (11/13/17) On November 10, 2017 at 2:41pm the Joplin Police Department received a call to Freeman Hospital, 1102 West 32nd, for a 3-year- old boy brought in with serious injuries. Shortly thereafter, the child was transported to Children's Mercy in Kansas City.

Joplin police officers and detectives responded to Freeman and began their investigation. They determined the child resides at 1502 South Michigan, Building 5 Apartment 11, and believe the incident occurred at that address. Detectives went to Kansas City this morning to continue their investigation. As a result, the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Lenard Valdez, 21, Joplin, for Child Abuse with a $15,000 bond plus $5,000 cash.

He was taken into custody at a hotel in Kansas City by Kansas City Police Department. He is currently being held at a jail there.

The child in this case has died from his injuries. He was pronounced dead today at approximately 2:47pm at a hospital in Kansas City. He is identified as 3-year-old Jonathan Munoz-Bilbrey. It was determined that the child received injuries to the head which resulted in a brain bleed. The child also had bruising to the forehead and thigh as well as a laceration to the shoulder. While at the hospital, the child was unresponsive. Throughout the investigation it was determined Lenard Valdez was the only adult supervising the child at the time of the injury. Medical staff determined the injuries were consistent with child abuse.

This case is now a death investigation and is on-going. An autopsy will be scheduled.

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