Man charged in beaten toddler death

October 6, 2008 3:03:46 PM PDT
A northwest Indiana man is charged in connection with the weekend beating death of a toddler. Authorities in Hammond say 17-month-old Savanah Fullgraf died of several injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide by child abuse.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jose Mendoza is charged with murder and neglect of a dependent.

Police say Mendoza was the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother.