Austin T. Stonebarger

A 23-year-old Union man has been charged in the death of 2-year-old boy early Saturday.

Austin T. Stonebarger was charged Saturday with first-degree murder. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

According to Union police, officers responded to a home on Henry Drive just after midnight Saturday for the report of a child who was unconscious and not breathing.

Officers performed CPR and the toddler was transported to Mercy Hospital Washington where he was pronounced dead.

The child had been left with his mother's boyfriend for most of the day, police said.

When officers arrived at the hospital, the child had bruises on his body. When Stonebarger was questioned, police said he gave inconsistent stories.

When pressed about the inconsistencies, Stonebarger admitted to police that he pushed the child causing him to strike his head.

He also told police he "disciplined" the child the day before, which he said caused the bruising.

Police said Stonebarger "indicated that he had been using methamphetamine for the last couple of days."