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Man charged in child’s death faces new charges

Published: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 9:49 a.m. CDT

WATERLOO — A Waterloo man charged with killing a toddler now faces two counts of violating a no-contact order after authorities say he phoned and sent letters to the child’s mother from jail. Walter Cordell Williams, 23, was charged Tuesday. Police say he wrote letters to Danielle Nicole Harris on Sept. 6 and Sept. 23, addressing them to a third party with instructions to hand them to Harris. Police say he also placed a call to a third party on Sept. 24 and had the call transferred to Harris.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder for the July 8 death of 4-year-old Jaheem Harris. Police Williams called 911 to report the child had accidentally drowned in a bathtub, but an autopsy showed the child had been beaten to death.

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