May 12, 2010 9:33 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Murder trial ordered in horrific drain cleaner death

A Philadelphia man accused of killing a toddler by rubbing drain cleaner on him because he was crying has been ordered to stand trial.

Police say 34-year-old Aaron Pace was baby-sitting 20-month-old Suliaman Kirkland in February when he doused a rag with the caustic substance and rubbed it onto the boy's skin.

Assistant District Attorney Christine Wechsler says Pace took care not to burn himself. She says the boy had a "slow and painful death."

The judge agreed, saying Pace at first lied about what happened so the boy wasn't treated for chemical burns.


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