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Mother, boyfriend charged in 15-month-old's January death
Toddler was tied up, asphyxiated, police say; man's estranged wife shocked

Updated: 11:21 PM, April 28, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man and woman were arrested Thursday and charged in the January death of a 15-month-old boy in Jacksonville who police said died from asphyxiation after being tied and gagged to get him to stop crying.

The arrests came three months after Isaiah Keller died Jan. 22.

Andre Keller, who is not Isaiah's biological father, was charged with murder and aggravated child abuse. Isaiah's mother, Lori Hopper, was charged with aggravated manslaughter.

Police said it took some time for the autopsy results to conclusively determine the cause of death. Initially, there were no visible signs of foul play.

Hopper and Keller were supposed to make a first appearance at the Duval County Jail on Friday, but jail officials said the judge waived that appearance after the two refused to leave their cells.

Keller's estranged wife, Jeannette Keller, told News4Jax on Friday that their children will never be the same after seeing what happened in that room.

"(They told me), just like it says in the police report, that he wrapped the blanket around the baby's throat and tied him up and that he had done it in previous occasions," she said. "My kids are going though a lot with everything. My kids are doing great. They say they love their father and I know they do. We are just taking it day by day."

Jeannette Keller said she no longer knows the man she had three children with during their nine-year marriage.

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