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The death of an Ohio boy who was beaten as a baby is drawing the attention of investigators.

Carl Leggett, 14, died Saturday at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center.

The words "apparent homicide" were written next to his name on the Hamilton County coroner's death report Monday.

An autopsy was performed, but so far the cause of his death is not known.

But the cause of his suffering for the past 14 years was well-established in a courtroom back in 2005.

He was beaten when he was a baby.

Leggett was a happy, healthy bundle for his first five months of life.

That ended after a physical beating.

The man convicted of delivering it, Terry Stiles, served eight years in prison for the crime.

The boy's grandmother spoke Monday about the child's death.

"Carl's life was nothing but pain, medications, hospital stays," stated Shannon Jordan, who was at his side year after year.

She related how she'd prepare 48 syringes a day to help manage the boy's pain.

"There's Carl's bed," she said as she pointed to a corner of the front room in the small Mt. Washington apartment. "I slept here (referring to a chair next to the bed) because I couldn't be out of earshot of him ... . So, our life's just been in this room."

A family member at the time the beating happened said Carl's head swelled to three times normal size.

According to investigators, it happened in Arlington Heights when Carl's mother, Sierra Burton, who now lives in Florida, was asleep, leaving her then-boyfriend in charge of watching her son.

"We didn't get a chance to see him walk or anything," she said Monday with tears in her eyes.

"You just need to be careful who you bring around your kids. We thought, or I thought, at the time I could trust him."

Aside from the hospital stays, the boy's existence was largely in the one room and the one bed.

The hurt the mother and grandmother expressed was that the boy never got a chance at life.

"We lost a precious soul and it's not fair because he didn't get the life he was supposed to have," said the grandmother.

"What he did to Carl is, I believe, the direct result why we don't have Carl now," she said.

The funeral for the boy will be Thursday.
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She has another son.

She does acknowledge the death of Carl.

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