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UPDATE: Probable Cause Found in Toddler's Death Case

By: Jeremy Edwards, Katelyn Sykes, Kristen Schneider, Alex Snyder Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Katelyn Sykes, Kristen Schneider, Alex Snyder Email

UPDATE 10/26/12 @ 2:20 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A little boy is dead and the case against the man accused of killing him is moving forward.

Nicholas Turkale had his preliminary hearing Friday morning in Logan County.

The magistrate in the case found enough evidence to send it to the grand jury.

Police say Turkale slammed Aydin Toler's head into a door frame.

Aydin who was just two-years-old died from his injuries.

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UPDATE 10/23/12 @ 10:45 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- "He was a sweet kid, he always smiled, he was always happy. You know, just a happy, happy kid," said Danny Walls, Aydin Toler’s grandfather.

He was their angel, his smile lighting up their lives.

"He was loved. He was loved more than anything on this planet. And that he was just a beautiful baby boy, and there's no reason for anything like this," said Jeremy Walls, Aydin’s father.

On Tuesday night, friends, family and well-wishers said goodbye to little Aydin who died last week after a severe head injury police say he suffered at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend.

"He was the sparkle of my eye," Danny Walls said. "I know justice ain't done yet."

Police say Nicholas Turkale slammed the 2-year-old into a door frame, cracking his skull.

"It should've never happened," Jeremy Walls said. "I mean, there's no reason for anything like this -- at all."

But on Tuesday night, as those at the vigil lit candles and released balloons to remember a boy taken too soon, they know little Aydin will never be forgotten.

"There's really no way to move on," Jeremy Walls said. "The pain will be here forever; there's no getting passed it."

"He's pure, he's in God's hands right now, he's another angel," Danny Walls said.



UPDATE 10/18/12 @ 6:15 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Community outrage and disbelief over the death of a little boy in Logan County. WSAZ.com is learning more about the two-year old that died at a home in Amherstdale. His mother’s boyfriend, Nicholas Turkale, is charged with murder in his death.

It’s a crime that’s shaken up the small community of Amherstdale. Neighbors want to know who could take the life of an innocent child.

Short blonde hair and a big smile. A little boy’s life taken too soon. Two-year-old Aydin Toler died in the hospital from a severe head injury after police said his mother’s boyfriend, Nicholas Turkale, slammed him into a door frame.

"It's sad,” said Russell Blankenship, neighbor. “You know for someone to do a kid like that it's pretty bad."

State police said Turkale claimed Aydin fell from a sink at home and hit his head. But police said the story wasn’t adding up with the boy’s injuries and Turkale later admitted to slamming the toddler into a door, cracking his skull.

"I think this is the most horrible thing I could ever hear,” said neighbor, Laura Workman. “I don't know how anybody could ever be so hard and harmful to a child. People like that just don't deserve to be in society."

Aydin’s death has sent shock waves through this small town. Neighbors say they never expected something like this to happen so close to home especially to an innocent child.

"I think it's wrong,” said Leonard Gibson, neighbor. “I think if they opened up the death penalty in West Virginia I think most of it would stop."

"People that get out here and try to have children and can not have children and they want them so bad and then they have people like this that just want to torture them and it leads to death,” said Workman. “And that's horrible. I don't understand how people can do that."

Now a community is left to make sense of this crime and are asking justice for Aydin.

Turkale’s charged with first degree murder and murder of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian. So far, police haven’t released a motive.



UPDATE 10/17/12 @ 6:15 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been charged with murder in the death of a 2-year-old boy.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com Nicholas Turkale has been arrested and charged with child neglect resulting in death and murder.

Troopers say they responded Tuesday to a home in Amherstdale and found the little boy with severe head injuries. He was flown to a Charleston hospital and died Wednesday morning.

Troopers say Turkale is the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother. Both were home at the time of the incident. Troopers say they were told the boy was climbing on a sink when he fell and hit his head. State police say further investigation lead them to determine that statement to be inaccurate.

Troopers say the boy died from head trauma but are not releasing any more details surrounding what happened.

State police say they do not expect to make more arrests.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/17/12
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An investigation is underway in Logan County into the death of a 2-year-old boy.

While West Virginia State Police aren't releasing too many details at this time, the incident happened Tuesday in Amherstdale.

Troopers say they were told the 2-year-old was allegedly climbing on a sink when he fell and hit his head. He was flown to a Charleston Hospital and died Wednesday morning.

While troopers can't release too many details and won't say if it's suspicious, they told WSAZ.com that an investigation into something like this is standard procedure.

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