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Ex-boyfriend charged in murder of southern Illinois toddler

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BELLEVILLE -- A woman's former boyfriend faces a murder charge in the death of her two-year-old son.

The St. Clair County Sheriffs Office said they are looking for 24-year-old Gyasi Campbell, after the state's attorney's office filed the first-degree murder charge against him.

In April, Lindsey Friess came home and found Campbell, her then live-in boyfriend, holding her young son, Kane Friess-Wylie, in a reclining chair.

Kane started vomiting not long after his mother arrived home, according to investigators.

Campbell, who is not the toddler's father, put the child's head under a water faucet in an attempt to revive him. 

"I've never seen a child hurt like that before in my life," Lindsey Friess  told the Belleville News-Democrat. "It was just too much for me, after I held Kane."

The couple took the child to a Belleville hospital. He was then flown to a St. Louis hospital, where he died.

The medical examiner's report showed the child died of a head injury.

As of Saturday afternoon, authorities were still searching for Campbell.

The St. Clair County sheriff's department said Friess won't be charged because she has fully cooperated with the investigation.

"The Child Death Task Force did a great job bringing this case to a close, and hopefully some peace to the family. No child should ever be victimized by the people who are supposed to love and protect them, these are always the hardest cases to work for everyone involved," said Capt. Bruce Fleshren, the chief of investigation for the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office.

A judge has set Campbell's bail at $1 million. 

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