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Man charged with murder in death of three-month-old

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- A man has been charged with murder in the death of his three-month-old stepson, Eli Brewer.

Less than a year after Eli died, 31-year-old Robert J. Brewer Jr., who is listed as his stepfather on the baby's obituary, was charged with first degree murder, according to a statement from the Rock Island Police Department.

Photo submitted by Lindsey Brower. Taken 8-8-15

Photo submitted by Lindsey Brower. Taken 8-8-15

Back on August 16, 2015, emergency responders were called to the 1200 block of 31st Street when Eli was reportedly not breathing, police said.  Eli was taken to a Rock Island hospital before being transferred to Peoria; he died two days later.

"Further investigation revealed that Eli had sustained injuries that were consistent with having been intentionally inflicted, and that these injuries directly lead to his death," read the police statement.

Robert was arrested in Maquoketa and charged with first degree murder on Monday, July 11, 2016, police said.  He was taken to the Jackson County Jail where he was awaiting extradition. His bond was set at $1 million.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.

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