TOMS RIVER - The boyfriend of a Toms River mother is being charged with aggravated manslaughter for allegedly beating her child to death.
Corey Fitzgerald, 29 is accused of beating 3-year-old Teyshawn Young Saturday inside their apartment while his mom was at work. The child suffered a head wound after being pushed off his bed, but ultimately died of internal injuries two days later caused by a blow to his abdomen.
The mother, Tara Young, was in court today as the charges were read to her boyfriend. Young broke down on the steps of the courtroom after the proceedings, too distraught to speak.
Fitzgerald is also charged with simple assault for allegedly choking Tara Young last week until she fell unconscious.
Neighbors say Fitzgerald is a raging alcoholic and authorities have confirmed Fitzgerald has a substance abuse problem.
Fitzgerald is being held at the Ocean County Jail on $625,000 bail.