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Peter Hendy II pleads guilty to killing girlfriend's son, 4

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(WJLA) - The man accused of killing his girlfriend's 4-year-old son by punching him several times in the abdomen pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. 

Kamari, 4, died of a lacerated liver after his mother's boyfriend punched him several times in the stomach.

Peter Hendy II, 33, babysat Kamari Zavon Taylor at an apartment in Northeast Washington in early August while his girlfriend went to work. 

Sometime around noon, police say Hendy called his girlfriend to tell her he had disciplined Kamari with a "body shot" and that the child's legs were wobbly. According to police, Hendy was upset that Kamari rode his scooter too far from home, after which the boy allegedly told him, "I don't have to listen to you... you're not my daddy." In response, police say Hendy punched Kamari twice in the abdomen before letting him ride off again. 

Police say Kamari returned home about 45 minutes later, profusely sweating and shaking. He also had bruising on his midsection.

Hendy put the child to bed, gave him some water and then went outside to sell marijuana, police say. He returned an hour later to find Kamari with a blank look on his face, but went back outside to sell more pot. 

Kamari was later found unconscious and was pronounced dead at Children's National Medical Center.

Police not only allege that Kamari died as a result of injuries at the hands of Hendy, but that Hendy ignored obvious signs of the boy's injuries and instead left him alone to go sell drugs. 

Officials determined that the child died from multiple injuries to his torso. The forcefulness of Hendy's punches caused Kamari's liver to lacerate into three places. Kamari also had bruising on his stomach and a few broken ribs. 

Hendy will be sentenced in late November. 

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