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Tenn. man who made boy eat soap, cigarette butts facing murder charges

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A trial date has been set for the man charged with beating and forcing a 5-year-old Rhea County boy to drink dish soap and eat cigarette butts before he died.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1k9Flrf) that 24-year-old Bradley Adcox will go to trial in February on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse. The boy's mother pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The boy died in August 2013 of blunt-force trauma. An autopsy revealed he had bruising and contusions on his head and face, and a bite mark on his back. Cigarette butts were found in his digestive tract.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Adcox faces a minimum of a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 51 years.