(AP) - Authorities say a man accused in the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son was rushed to a hospital on Friday after apparently trying to hang himself in jail.

Fulton County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nikita Hightower said 20-year-old Mario Cunningham was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He was being held without bond and is charged with murder and child cruelty in the death of Elijah Singleton.

According to authorities, Cunningham first told them Elijah drowned in a tub after he left the child unsupervised in the middle of bathing him on Friday, but an autopsy determined the toddler was beaten to death.

The mother, 23-year-old Gloria Singleton, has been charged with child cruelty.

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