Brad Streiling, a 29-year-old Victoria man, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his two-year-old stepson, police say.

Noah Cownden died in April 2008. At the time, police said little except that they were investigating the cause of death.

A notice in the newsletter of the church where the family attended called it an accidental death. Noah would be deeply missed by his Sunday school teachers and classmates, it added.

However on Monday, Victoria police announced a charge of second-degree murder against Streiling.

He is scheduled to appear in court later on Monday.