Man charged with death of 3-year-old he’s accused of beating

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Police Department has charged a man with the death of a 3-year-old.

Tareynton Rogers has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Memphis police were called to Le Bonheur where they found that 3-year-old Anthonisha Edwards was dead.

According to police, the incident happened in the 3200 block of Markley.

Rogers, who WREG learned is the mother's boyfriend, was detained. He was charged with the child's death Sunday morning.

According to the affidavit, Rogers said he hit Anthonisha several times. He said she become sick and he then "popped" her again.

Rogers said the toddler told him her stomach and head hurt and that he responded by giving her food.

Police said the injuries, which included bruising across her body as well as bleeding, caused her death.

Neighbors say it wasn't the first Rogers had abused her.

"Her being 3 years old, the minute I heard that my heart went in my stomach," said Terika Boyland, who has two young children.

Her daughter just turned 4. She says she'll never understand how anyone can hurt an innocent child and wishes someone had done something to protect the little girl.

"Because if someone had said something sooner or even the mother had even done something, then that little girl would still be here. She would still have her life to look forward to."