NEW YORK - (AP) - A Brooklyn man accused in the killing ofhis companion's 2-year-old son has been placed in protectivecustody because of threats.

Reginald Williams pleaded not guilty yesterday in state SupremeCourt in Brooklyn on charges including murder and manslaughter.

The 33-year-old is accused of fatally beating 2-year-old AiydenDavis on Sept. 24. Williams was arrested the next day.

The boy's mother was at work at the time. She's scheduled forarraignment today on charges including endangering the welfare of achild.

Williams told Judge Patricia DiMango that other inmates hadthreatened him. She granted his lawyer's request for protectivecustody.

His lawyer says there were "specific threats" related to thecharges against his client.

Williams' next court date is Dec. 3.

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