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Death of Orlando 2-year-old could be 'torture case', police say

WESH Orlando logo WESH Orlando 9/13/2018

a woman standing in front of a building © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Victoria Toth, of Orlando, was arrested after police said her 2-year-old son, Jayce Martin, was found unresponsive in his bedroom on July 18, Orlando police said.

The boy was found dead at a home on Bethune Drive, just west of South John Young Parkway just before 7 a.m.

The child's death was ruled a homicide. Toth is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

A medical examiner determined Jayce died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen and developed peritonitis, which is caused by a leak or hole in the intestines.

The examiner said the force to his abdomen caused his gastrointestinal tract to perforate, causing the infection that led to his death.

Detectives said doctors found the injury that led to Jayce's death was like a "sucker punch" so severe "it had to have been caused by someone with a large enough size to generate such force.”

According to the examiner, his injuries happened within three days of his death, and he could have fully recovered if he had been brought to a medical professional.

A physician told authorities he believed caregivers would have known Jayce was not well given his injuries, and was the victim of abuse.

According to Toth's arrest affidavit, the physician said "Jayce suffered unnecessarily and that this could be considered a 'torture' case due to the child being severely neglected."

The day Jayce died, neighbors said they woke up to find their street a crime scene.

WESH 2 News saw family members arrive at the home, including one man who was clearly distraught. A woman nearby had been talking to police officers.

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