Man, 23, charged over death of girlfriend's daughter, 3, found with internal bleeding, bruising, & cuts on face & arms

A man is being held on $1million bail after he allegedly beat his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter to death in Chicago's West Side.

Police suspect Terrence Space, 23, may have beaten his girlfriend's toddler daughter so much – he left bruising and abrasions to her face, arms and torso, in addition to internal bleeding.

According to Cook County prosecutors, Space admitted to being home with the tot hours before her death Friday.

However, Space denied allegations saying he caused her injuries, NBC Chicago reports.

On Friday night, Space admitted to being alone with little Lehlani Edwards while at his mother's home in Austin, Chicago.

Surveillance video shows no one entering the home between 6pm and midnight when Space said he was there.

Around 12.30am, Space called his girlfriend saying he found Lehlani unresponsive in bed and she wasn't waking up, prosecutors say.

His girlfriend ran to his mother's home and called 911 after finding her daughter unresponsive.

Prosecutors revealed it was then that Space told his girlfriend he could not be there when the police arrived, and ran out the back door.

Little Lehlani was rushed to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, but could not be saved.

She was pronounced dead at 1.21am, authorities say.

An autopsy later revealed Lehlani died of child abuse.

The medical examiner said Lehlani was found with internal bleeding, and bruising and abrasions to her face, arms, and torso.

Police arrested Space, who lives in Austin, in southwest suburban Bolingbrook, about 40 minutes away from Chicago's downtown area at 2.53pm the next day.

Space is expected to return in court on Tuesday.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Lehlani's death, a spokesperson said.

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