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one in the home at the time, save Martinez and his younger sis­ter, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were called to the scene.

Oliver said Mann had been at the home with both Martinez, who is not his bi­o­log­i­cal child, and the 6-month-old girl he fa­thered with Martinez’s mother. He said it was typ­i­cal for Mann to get Martinez ready for school while his mother went to work. The cou­ple had been to­gether for roughly 18-24 months, Oliver said.

Martinez was taken to the hospi­tal, alive but un­re­spon­sive. He was placed on life sup­port but suc­cumbed to his in­juries Sun­day. That’s when charges against Mann went from ag­gra­vated bat­tery and cru­elty to chil­dren to felony mur­der.

Mann has no crim­i­nal his­tory that Oliver was aware of. Oliver said he did give in­ves­ti­ga­tors a state­ment but would not elab­o­rate on what was dis­cussed.

Stu­dents are on fall break this week, but Liv­ingston’s Prin­ci­pal Shari Thomas spoke fondly of Martinez.

“Ethan was a funny lit­tle boy who loved to make oth­ers laugh. He only at­tended Liv­ingston for a short time, but he had made lots of friends and be­came part of our Liv­ingston fam­ily im­me­di­ately.”

Sherri Davis-Viniard, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Re­la­tions for the New­ton County School Sys­tem, said there will be coun­selors for stu­dents and teach­ers avail­able at the school be­gin­ning Mon­day.

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