A Medford man will face murder and assault charges in the death of a toddler, who succumbed to brain injuries last week after life support was removed.

After hearing testimony today, a Jackson County grand jury indicted Benjamin James George, 29, of the 2100 block of Crater Lake Avenue, on charges of murder, murder by abuse and first-degree assault, District Attorney Mark Huddleston said in a news release.

Kacy Sue Lunsford, who would have turned 3 next week, suffered injuries that proved fatal on the night of June 11, police have said. She was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center when it became apparent that she was seriously injured, and medical professionals treating her called police at 5 a.m. June 12.

She was flown to Doernbecher's Children's Hospital in Portland with subdural hematomas, bleeding on the brain that can be caused by shaking or a blow to the head, and died there June 15 after life support was removed.

George was her mother's boyfriend and has been in jail since June 12 on an assault charge.

— Anita Burke