A month before his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son with autism was killed, investigators allege an Indiana man conducted internet searches on his phone for “kill my mentally retarded step-son,” “torture techniques,” and “painful ways to die,” PEOPLE confirms.

A probable cause affidavit obtained by PEOPLE alleges 31-year-old Steven Ingalls, Jr. was responsible for the 2016 asphyxiation and intentional overdose death of Brayson Price, the child of Meghan Price, his girlfriend of more than two years.

Price, 29, and Ingalls lived in the same home with Brayson in Monrovia, and also have a young son together, states the affidavit.

Price and Ingalls are both charged with neglect and conspiracy to commit murder. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Ingalls’ trial is due to begin this summer. A date for Price’s trial has not been set.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ingalls called 911 the morning of Nov. 23, 2016, to report an unresponsive child. Mooresville police responded, and Brayson was rushed to a local hospital.

Officers at the scene noted seeing “a large amount of blood in the bedroom” where the boy was found.

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The affidavit states investigators were allegedly granted access to the defendants’ phones, and found Ingalls’ search history as well as disturbing text messages the couple had exchanged.

Before Brayson’s death, Ingalls allegedly used his cell phone to search “kill my mentally retarded step-son,” “torture techniques,” “beat child with fragile X abuse,” “I want to kill my autistic child,” “painful ways to die,” and “most painful torture,” the affidavit alleges.

In the affidavit, detectives quote a text Ingalls sent to Price, in which he allegedly says she “needs to kill him while he is young so that …read more

Source:: People.com

      

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