Port St. Lucie foster father charged with murder, child abuse

 

PORT ST. LUCIE —

A 47-year-old Port St. Lucie foster father was arrested Wednesday night on charges that he killed a 2-year-old child under his care, police said.

Michael Beer is facing charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse after his 2-year-old foster son, Trysten Adams , died Sunday from blunt force trauma, according to a statement released Wednesday by police.

Police officers and paramedics responded Sunday to a home in the 700 block of Southwest Myakka River Trace after receiving reports on an unresponsive child. Trysten was rushed to Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie where he died.

According to police, Trysten lived at the home with his foster mother and father. Michael Beer and Trysten’s 10-month-old brother were only ones in the home at the time that Trysten needed medical attention, police said.

An autopsy by the St. Lucie County Medical Examiner’s Officer showed that there were cuts to Trysten’s liver along with other internal bleeding and bruising that were consistent with blunt force trauma, police said.

Port St. Lucie police detectives and a U.S. Marshal Service Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Beer at his home and transported him to the St. Lucie County Jail.

According to the arrest report, Beer was the subject of a 1993 investigation by the Department of Children and Families for the alleged abuse of a 2-year-old girl in Palm Beach County. The arrest report did not say the outcome of that investigation.

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