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WATERLOO – A Waterloo man accused of killing a child has admitted to breaking a restraining order by contacting the mother of the dead child.

On Monday, Walter Cordell Williams, 23, admitted to two counts of violating the no-contact order that was put in place in 2016 when he was arrested for hitting his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Harris, who is the mother of 4-year-old Jaheem Harris. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Authorities said he sent two letters to Danielle Harris in September with the help of a third party and on Sept. 23 talked to her over the phone after placing a call to another person.

At the time of the letters and phone call, Williams was serving a 90-day jail sentence for having contact with Harris in July 2017 when Jaheem was found unconscious in a West Mullan Avenue apartment and later died.

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Williams has since been charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment in Jaheem’s death. Authorities said they were initially told Jaheem may have drowned, but an autopsy determined he died of blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen while in Williams’s care.

Williams is awaiting trial on the murder and endangerment charges, and trial has tentatively been set for November.

Also on Monday, Danielle Harris also admitted to violating the no contact order in connection with the Sept. 23 phone call. She was sentenced to seven days in jail and has up to two months to serve the time. Her attorney, John Bishop, said her children are in state care, and she has visitation.

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