RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond man was charged in the murder of a toddler who died two days after being sexually assaulted in a motel, police said Monday.

Authorities were informed of a child who had been assaulted at a motel in the 6400 block of Midlothian Turnpike on May 8, 2019. The child was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, Richmond police said.

“This was one of the more emotionally trying investigations for our detectives because of the age of the victim,” Major Crimes Lt. Erlan Marshall said in a statement.

The child died two days later.

Barron T. Spurlock has been charged with murder and two counts of object sexual penetration in connection with the crime. Spurlock, a 25-year-old Richmond man, was already in custody on unrelated charges, police said.

“We hope this arrest provides some measure of closure for the family and the community,” Marshall continued.

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