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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — 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.

The Courier reports 23-year-old Walter Cordell Williams 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.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,