When paramedics were called to a Virginia home January 8, they discovered an unresponsive 5-year-old boy covered in severe bruises.

Little Alexander Levi Robertson was airlifted to a nearby Norfolk hospital where he was placed on life support for his injuries, which included damage to his head, according to the Daily Press.

But his caretakers, mother Jaye Lynn Hadley, 32, and her boyfriend Justin Cox, 33, couldn’t give police a cohesive reason as to why the 5-year-old appeared badly beaten.

It wasn’t until authorities confiscated their computers and cell phones that they uncovered the disturbing truth.

Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office

The investigation revealed that the couple had shared disturbing photos of the boy with each other over text and Facebook messages, News 3 reports.

Some of the images showed the 5-year-old with obscene images drawn onto his face with a marker. But that’s not all the couple sent to each other.

The two allegedly had conversations about how to “discipline” Levi, and it was enough evidence for police to take the two into custody.

According to News 3, the mother was charged with felony child abuse and Cox was charged with child neglect. But sadly, the case would take a heartbreaking turn.

On Tuesday, Levi passed away from his injuries — leaving behind a devastated father, WAVY reports.

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Josh Robertson, who didn’t live with his son at the time of the alleged abuse, wrote a Facebook message confirming the loss last week. The dad said:

Last night at 9:53 pm I lost my best friend in the whole world. Levi was my everything and now I’m left broken and empty. Words can’t explain the empty void in my soul. A big piece of me died last night and I’m never going to completely recover.

An autopsy revealed that Levi passed away from blunt force trauma to the head. More charges are expected to be filed in the case following his passing, WAVY reports.

A GoFundMe has since been started to help the boy’s loved ones during this difficult time. Watch coverage of the story below:

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