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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a 2-year-old as a homicide, and his father is speaking out from inside a state prison.

Investigators have found Datro Allen was beaten to death.

Allen's father is finishing a prison term for drugs. He called 19 Action News to raise questions about what happened, to find out more, and to send a message.

Roderick Gardner said, "Crime doesn't pay. And for my crimes I paid with my son's life, because I should've been out there."

Gardner wants to know what happened. Allen's mother reported to police the child took a nap, and she found his body limp. But now, evidence shows someone beat the child.

"This had to have been going on. No one just wakes up in the morning and says,' I'm going to beat this kid' out of the blue," Gardner said.

The child was taken to the hospital January 9 from a home near E. 75th St. and Union in Cleveland.

We spoke to Allen's mother by phone. She didn't want to comment on the incident. 

She is the mother of five other children, and Cuyahoga County Child Welfare workers have investigated her multiple times. The other kids are now with a relative.

No one facing charges yet.

"My son is gone. I'm due to be released in six months. I can't be a father to him and change my life around," Gardner added.

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