Step-Mother Charged With Murder of 2-Year-Old from Olive Branch

(Olive Branch, MS) A woman is charged with killing her two-year-old stepson in Olive Branch.

Police didn’t arrest Patricia Gale Redman until the autopsy report was released Wednesday.  She has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond.

Last month, police said they got a 911 call saying a child was unresponsive. The child was eventually taken to Le Bonheur where he died from “severe and suspicious” injuries.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion told us, “At Le Bonheur, basically the child had to be taken off life support. We were called in on it and began working with the Olive Branch Police.”

Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage said Redman had only been married two weeks. Right now, the father is not being charged.

“These injuries are severe. You’re talking about a two-year-old boy who’s pretty much defenseless. He’s helpless. It’s pretty bad,” said Gammage. “I looked at the autopsy report. It was if not the worst, one of the worst I’ve seen.”

Sources told WREG the father was home when it happened, but was on the other side of the house. We’re told the biological mother lives in Seattle, Washington.

The father also had a 7-year-old who lived at the home. Family members are taking care of him.

We talked to Redman’s attorneys. They say “this is obviously a tragic death of a two-year-old child that she deeply loved and cared for and that tragedy was not at her hands. We have our own investigation that we will be prepared to present at the appropriate time, which we firmly believe will shed light on underlying facts and exonerate her.”

Redman is expected in court Tuesday morning.