(Memphis) MPD Director Toney Armstrong Tuesday said the body of a small child found in a dumpster is that of missing three-year-old Maurice Brown, Jr.
Armstrong said he has not upgraded charges against the child’s father, Maurice Brown, Sr., who is in jail on charges of aggravated child neglect or endangerment. He is being held on a $1 million bond.
It is possible for more serious charges to come soon, as the investigation develops. Armstrong said it is unknown whether other suspects may be involved.
“I ask that you continue to pray for this family, as they try to deal with the tragic circumstances surrounding this child’s death,” Armstrong said.
The exact details will take some time to figure out, but police are starting to piece together evidence from both the dumpster, near Vance Avenue and Abel Street near downtown, and from Brown’s apartment in the 300 block of South Pauline Street in Midtown.
“As the father of a small child, I certainly can’t even begin to imagine what could prompt somebody, or trigger somebody, to not only react violently to a small, three-year-old child, but to dispose of the body in such a manner…he’s just unimaginable,” Armstrong said.
The cause of death is still unknown. Police are awaiting a report from the medical examiner.
The child was discovered when police expanded the search area on Tuesday. An officer from the South Main station came upon the child when checking that dumpster.
News Channel 3 called LaToya Kaeneh, the boy’s mother, to tell her about the crime scene at about 2:00p.m. Later Tuesday, Kaeneh said her heart was heavy and that she was too exhausted to speak on camera.
On Monday, she said that Maurice Brown was fully responsible for whatever happened to their son, “Junior.”
“I was devastated. I was shocked. I couldn’t even believe that my son was gone,” Kaeneh said.
Kaeneh had brought Junior to Memphis from Arkansas in May so he could be with his father for the summer.
Brown also has a one-year-old son with his current girlfriend. The child is now with her.
Lenora Page, Junior’s maternal grandmother, was very upset Monday night, and predicted Brown’s involvement with her grandson’s disappearance.
Page alluded to a violent past: “Maurice was getting angrier and angrier. And I told Toya.”
She may be referring to the time Brown may have beat Kaeneh on Valentine’s Day of 2010, according to an affidavit. Those charges were dropped, but the memory of violence remains.
Page grew emotional, learning of the blood spattered all over the bathroom of Brown’s apartment.
“Maurice, Maurice, how could you do this? How could you do this to your baby?” she said.
(Memphis) MPD Director Toney Armstrong Tuesday said the body of a small child found in a dumpster in Midtown is that of missing 3-year-old Maurice Brown, Jr.
Armstrong said police have not upgraded charges against the child’s father, Maurice brown, Sr., who is in jail on child neglect charges at this point.
(Memphis) Memphis police say the body of a male child has been found in a dumpster near Downtown.
The discovery was made around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon near Vance and Abel.
Police are not saying if it is the body of missing 3-year-old Maurice Brown, Jr.
They are waiting for identification of the body.
His father, Maurice Brown, Sr., reported the child missing Sunday night.
Brown was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated child abuse.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you live reports all through the day on WREG News Channel 3.