VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach man is behind bars after police say his ex-girlfriend's child died while in his care.
According to police, the 2-year-old boy was found unresponsive in military housing at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek on April 5.
"He was beautiful," said LaQuita Lewis, Jaidan's mother. "He was beautiful."
That's just one of the many ways Lewis described Jaidan.
"He was a smart kid," Lewis added.
Lewis is in the Navy, but is also taking night classes. Last Thursday, she went to class, leaving Jaidan with Jerrell Edwards, her ex-boyfriend and father of her 1-month-old baby, at her home in the 5000 block of Joslin Street.
"Deep down inside this (expletive) hurts," Edwards said in a jail house interview. "It hurts so (expletive) bad man."
Edwards told WAVY.com he was changing Jaidan's diaper when the little boy popped up and cut his mouth on Edwards' watch. He explained he then put Jaidan's face in the sink and under the faucet.
"I picked him up to go rinse his mouth out," Edwards added. "I don't know if I held him under the water too long or what, but honestly I did not mean to hurt him."
Edwards said he then put Jaidan on the couch to watch TV. It was the last time he'd see the little boy breathing.
"What the hell happened? I honestly don't know," Edwards said. "I walked in the room and his eyes were (expletive) open with throw up on his chest."
At that time, Lewis said she came home and found Edwards doing CPR. She called 911, and Jaidan was taken to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
"That's really mostly what I want to know. What happened?," Lewis asked. "Was it on purpose or mistake?"
Virginia Beach police spokeswoman Grazia Moyers said Edwards, 23, was arraigned Monday on a felony child neglect charge.
10 On Your Side's Jason Marks asked Edwards if he thought he was responsible for Jaidan's death.
"I don't know," Edwards responded. "They (the police) haven't even came back with the autopsy."
Police said an autopsy is currently underway to determine how Jaidan died.
Marks then asked Edwards what the autopsy would show.
"I don't care what it says," Edwards replied. "I don't care if it says murder."
"I don't want to think that you were intentionally malicious towards a child," Lewis said. "I've tried to rationalize if something natural could have happened or something accidental could have happened...I don't know if he was too rough."
"In here, I know the truth," Edwards added. "I've prayed and cried since it happened."
When asked what the truth was, Edwards answered, "I did not do it on purpose if it happened. If I was the one who was the result of that, I did not do it on purpose."
During a bond hearing Tuesday, Edwards was denied bond.
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