A Delaware County man has been charged with murder in the beating death of his 6-year-old nephew, the district attorney's office announced.

Paul Adams, 38 of Wallingford, allegedly lashed Tyreece Charlow for 45 minutes with a large belt after the child would not listen or follow directions, according to court documents.

Jack Whelan, the district attorney will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. to give further details.

The child, a student at Nether Providence Elementary School, lived with Adams. After school the two attended a karate class in West Chester Borough. When they returned home after 10 p.m. the boy was getting ready for bed. When he would not follow instructions, Adams held the child's hands and hit him with a belt until he bled, according to police.

Adams cleaned the boy's wounds and put him to bed. When he went to check on him later, he found Charlow was unresponsive. He brought the boy to Crozer Chester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to court documents.

An autopsy revealed Charlow died of blunt-force trauma.

Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149, mschaefer@phillynews.com or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.