Waterloo man guilty of killing girlfriend's 4-year-old son

Waterloo Police determined that 23-year-old Walter Williams was Jaheem Harris' caretaker at the time and caused the injuries that resulted in his death. (Black Hawk County Jail)

A jury has found a Waterloo man guilty of manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death for the 2017 beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son.

The Courier reports that Walter Cordell Williams was convicted Friday in Black Hawk County District Court. The 24-year-old man faces more than 50 years in prison when he's sentenced at a later date.

Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction, which would have brought a mandatory life sentence.

Police said Williams called 911 on July 8, 2017, to report 4-year-old Jaheem Harris had accidentally drowned in a bathtub, but an autopsy showed the child had been so severely beaten that it caused fatal internal injuries.

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