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WATERLOO -- A Waterloo man charged with killing a toddler in July is now accused of contacting the child's mother.

Police said Walter Cordell Williams, 23, twice wrote letters and once phoned Danielle Nicole Harris in violation of a no-contact order put in place in 2016 when he was charged with punching her.

Harris, 25, is the mother of 4-year-old Jaheem Harris, who died after he was found unresponsive in a West Mullan Avenue apartment on July 8. Williams had placed the 911 call, and authorities were told the child had drowned in a bathtub.

An autopsy determined Jaheem actually died of blunt trauma, and Williams was arrested for first-degree murder on Sept. 14.

Now police allege Williams has been in contact with Harris since his murder arrest.

According to court records, Williams wrote letters to Harris on Sept. 6 and Sept. 23 while the Black Hawk County Jail and addressed them to a third party with instructions to hand them to Harris.

Williams also placed a phone call to a third party on Sept. 24 that was transferred to Harris, records state. The call was recorded, according to police.

Waterloo police arrested Williams for two counts of violation of a no-contact order on Tuesday.

Williams also picked up a new charge in connection with Jaheem's injuries.

On Friday, prosecutors added a charge of child endangerment causing death to cover injuries in June and July. The charge alleges Williams acted in a manner that put Jaheem's health at risk or intentionally used unreasonable force, torture or cruelty.

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