Fergus Falls man charged with murdering autistic boy by slamming head into wall numerous times
The medical examiner ruled 11-year-old Mason Weston's death a homicide from being a battered child.
FERGUS FALLS — Charges against 56-year-old Reggie Bethel have been upgraded from assault to murder.
Eleven-year-old Mason Weston died over the weekend.
The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide from being a battered child.
On July 29, police said, Bethel told them Mason kept slipping and falling on dog feces in their house in Fergus Falls.
Detectives later said Bethel admitted that was a lie and that he slammed Mason's head into a wall five times and also kicked him because of anger management problems.
Police said the boy's mother initially lied to protect Bethel but later admitted he would normally beat Mason as a form of punishment.