A Brownsville woman identified as Christen Dale, 21, was arraigned Friday on manslaughter, assault and other charges in the homicide death of her nephew Ethan Ali.
The Kings County D.A. office says the aunt of a 3-year-old beat the toddler on Tuesday with a belt after he refused to complete a spelling assignment.
A criminal complaint says the 21-year-old Dale told a detective Ali was having trouble spelling and refused to finish an assignment for the first time Tuesday.
The toddler was found dead in his Brooklyn home Wednesday from multiple blunt impact injuries to his back, head and body and internal bleeding from a belt buckle, the medical examiner ruled.