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Murder Charges Certified in Va. Toddler’s Death

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MANASSAS, Va. — A judge has certified murder charges to a grand jury against a man accused of drowning his 15-month-old son to collect on a life insurance policy.

At a hearing Monday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Manassas, prosecutors presented evidence that 15-month-old Prince McLeod Rams died of drowning in October during an unsupervised visit with his father, Joaquin Shadow Rams.

The boy’s death has prompted a renewed investigation into the deaths of two others who were close to Joaquin Rams — his mother and a former girlfriend.

Rams’ lawyer questioned the medical examiner’s conclusion of drowning and suggested that Prince had been ill.

Prince died on the fourth unsupervised visit he had with his father. Prince’s mother had fought against unsupervised visits, fearing her son would be in danger.

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