Canton mom charged with murder after toddler assaulted with furniture: police

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CANTON, Ohio (WJW) – The Canton Police Department is investigating the death of a 17-month-old boy.

According to a press release, officers were dispatched to the area of 1924 Maple Ave NE on Monday around 5 p.m.

According to police, a woman was walking on the sidewalk nude.

The woman told officers her son had been murdered.

Officers got inside the home through an unlocked window.

The press release states the baby was found underneath several pieces of large furniture.

He had severe head and body trauma.

The child, identified as Kevin Walker Jr., was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police arrested his mother, Mary Guarendi-Walker, 24.

Mary Guarendi-Walker

Investigators believe she assaulted her child with the furniture.

She was arrested on a charge of murder.

Kevin Walker, 29, police said, faced a charge of obstruction of justice. Later Tuesday, police said that charge was amended to murder.

Kevin Walker

No word on when the two will appear in court .

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