Mom, boyfriend accused of beating 4-year-old boy to death over spilled cereal

A pregnant Pennsylvania mother and her boyfriend are facing murder charges in the death of the woman's 4-year-old son.

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According to The Associated Press and KYW-TV, Lisa Smith, 19, and Keiff King, 26, of Willow Grove, were charged with first-degree murder after authorities said the pair repeatedly struck Smith's son, Tahjir, with their hands and a sandal on Jan. 22 because he had spilled cereal. The boy also was burned after King allegedly forced him to get into an extremely hot shower, WPVI reported.

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The charges came last week after officials received autopsy results.

"The forensic pathologist's determination that Tahjir's death was homicide shows what detectives found in our investigation – that this was a violent, sustained beating of a 4-year-old that caused his death," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Friday, according to WPVI.

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Officials also said the boy had been living in "deplorable" conditions among roaches and other insects, KYW reported.

Smith and King "are not eligible for bail," the AP reported.

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