A Greeley man has been formally charged with first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend's 18-month-old child.

26-year-old Andy Serrel Carter Jr. of Greeley was arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death after an 18-month-old girl died in early July; he is now set to appear in court next month to face a murder charge.

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According to the Greeley Tribune, Greeley police responded to the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where the Weld County Department of Human Services requested them for a case of possible child abuse on July 2.

Once they had arrived at the hospital, detectives were told an 18-month-old child was flown in from North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) with severe brain bleed that had presented at the emergency room back in Greeley.

Detectives were able to make contact with the child’s mother, along with other family members. However, medical staff at Children’s reported the child died about 2:27 p.m. on July 2, due to the traumatic injuries she had sustained.

An investigation revealed the child was in the sole care of her mother’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Andy Serrel Carter, Jr., when the injuries occurred in the 2400 block of Ash Avenue, as per reports from police.

Carter is not the child’s father.

Carter took the young child to NCMC in his own vehicle and asked for the hospital staff’s help to get her into the emergency room, according to police. The child’s mother and other family members were contacted after the incident.

Greeley police arrested 26-year-old Andy Serrel Carter Jr. on July 8. The suspect was booked into the Weld County Jail without bond.

Andy Serrel Carter Jr. now has a disposition hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 22, where he will stand before Weld District Judge Timothy Gerard Kerns.

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