A Prince George's County grand jury has indicated a 35-year-old Lanham man on charges of murder and child abuse stemming from the death of a three-year-old boy whom the man allegedly placed in a tub of hot water last Aug.9.

Charles Ricardo Barron, 9121 Alcona St., was indicted Wednesday on charges of murder and child abuse and carrying a weapon openly, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office said yesterday.

Barron was living with his girlfriend, Carol Landis Smith, 29, and her young son Jermain Devon Smith, when the incident occurred, according to police records.

Barron allegedly became angry when Jermain Smith urinated in his clothing and allegedly began beating him with a board, police reported.

When the young boy attempted to escape, Barron allegedly carried him down to the basement of the house where he placed him in a wash tub filled with hot water, police said.

Barron allegedly took the boy upstairs and placed him in bed after the child lost consciousness. Barron called the fire department for an ambulance, but by the time a rescue squad arrived, the boy had died, according to records of the state's attorney's office.

Under a new statute, Barron could be eligible for the death penalty on the murder charge.

No trial date has been set in the case. Barron is being held without bond in the Prince George's County Detention Center.