Man once convicted of child endangering now wanted by Cleveland police for homicide of 3-month-old son

Published: Jan. 8, 2022 at 10:16 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2022 at 10:28 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Court records show a Cleveland man, previously convicted of child endangering, is now facing a felony charge of aggravated murder for the homicide of his 3-month-old son.

Cleveland police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for 35-year-old Ernest Alexander, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records.

King Kai Alexander died Monday at Fairview Hospital, and records show the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide.

The medical examiner’s office said King Kai died of “blunt force injuries.”

19 News has learned this is not the first time the 35-year-old has been accused of hurting one of his children.

Records from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas reveal that Ernest Alexander was convicted in 2012 of child endangering.

In that case, Cleveland police alleged that Ernest abused his newborn son, breaking his ribs and later his leg.

Court records show Ernest pleaded guilty in the 2012 case and was sentenced to three years in prison.

In an affidavit establishing probable cause for the arrest warrant obtained by 19 News, it states, Alexander committed the offense in the City of Cleveland. According to the court filing it said that on January 3rd while at W. 123rd, 3-month-old King Kai Alexander was pronounced deceased upon being returned home from the care of his father Ernest Alexander.

The baby had extensive internal injuries according to court records.

Ernest is known to go by several aliases, according to Cuyahoga County court records.

19 News did not identify the newborn involved in the 2012 case due to inconsistencies in the spelling of his name.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Municipal Court tells 19 News that Alexander is scheduled to be in 3D felony court on Monday, January 10th.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.

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