Father Charged With Murder In Death of 3-year-old
(Memphis) – Police say 3-year-old Maurice Brown, Jr. was bludgeoned to death by his own father, Maurice Brown, Sr.
He first told police his son walked out of the apartment Sunday night.
Then his story became to unravel. Police say they found blood in the bedroom, bathroom and living room of his Memphis Apartment.
The little boy’s body was then Tuesday in a dumpster, badly beaten and bruised.
The Medical Examiner says the child died from multiple hits on the head and torso.
“That’s bad how could you do that to your own son,” Tonya Harris said. Harris brought her children to pay their respects to the 3-year-old.
They dropped off stuffed animals Friday at the makeshift memorial outside the apartment where police say the boy was killed.
Many other people joined them, including Ayanna Humphrey who has followed the case closely.
“I kind of knew that it was him when they said there was blood in the bathroom,” she said.
She always suspected the father was to blame, and now she’s relieved to know he’s charged with murder.
“It’s great. Its’ good. Justice is served for the family that’s all that matters,” she said.
Getting Maurice Brown Sr. fingerprinted on murder charges was a struggle for police. They say he refused and made a fist with his hand.
There was a struggle, and they had to mace him. He is also facing a resisting arrest charge.
The funeral for Maurice Brown, Jr. will be held Saturday. R. S. Lewis Funeral Home is asking all mourners attending the wake and funeral services for Maurice Brown Jr. to wear blue and white. Maurice Brown, Jr. will be in a blue casket with white crape interior and dressed in a blue suit, white shirt, and blue tie.
The wake is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral at Progressive Baptist Church, 394 Vance Ave.
Maurice will be laid to rest in a vault at historic Elmwood Cemetery.