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Search Warrants: Inconsistent Stories in Death of Lynchburg Toddler


Lynchburg, VA – The injuries that caused the death of a Lynchburg toddler did not match the stories told to police, according to search warrants. 

Simeon O'Rhyon Tyler, 2, died April 27 at University of Virginia Health System. Search warrants say Tyler's brain was bleeding when he was admitted to the emergency room at Lynchburg General Hospital nine days before his death.

Oliver Felix, the child's father, turned himself in Tuesday after what police describe as an extensive, week-long search of Lynchburg and Amherst County.

Felix's arrest comes after a grand jury indicted him for murder, felony child abuse, and felony child endangerment.

Last May, Lynchburg Police searched a basement apartment on Tremont Street in connection to the child's death. They took photos and measurements. The search warrant says initial interviews lead detectives to believe the toddler had fallen at that home.

Doctors determined Tyler's injuries did not match the story detectives had been told by involved parties. Felix is the only person charged in the case.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bethany Harrison says she will present more details surrounding the child's death to the judge at Felix's bond hearing next week.

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