MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The murder trial for a man charged with killing his 3-year-old son continues, and Wednesday jurors heard the 911 call Maurice Brown made to report his son missing.
Police say Brown beat Maurice Brown, Jr., to death in July 2012 and threw his body in a dumpster.
Brown first reported the boy missing and then cried in front of WREG’s cameras, pleading for his safe return.
He called 911 and told the operator his son either left his apartment on his own or was taken while he took a nap, but police believe the man who sobbed during that phone call has a toddler’s blood on his hands.
Jurors listened as Brown wailed on the 911 call he made two years ago reporting little Junior missing.
“I can’t find him anywhere,” Brown can be heard sobbing on the call.
In court, the jury heard from the 911 operator and officers who responded to the call in July 2012, which was followed by a massive search.
Brown even broke down in front of our camera.
“I’ve got nothing to live for,” he told us in 2012. “That’s my soldier. That’s my soldier, man. I need him.”
Just days later, Junior’s badly beaten body was found in a dumpster, not far from Brown’s apartment.
The defense claims Junior’s death was an accident, that Brown spanked him with a belt and noticed later he was not breathing. They said he tried doing CPR and panicked when it did not work.
During an interview in 2012, Brown showed us a cut on his finger. He told us he got hurt while working at Wendy’s.
He worked the day he reported Junior missing, so the prosecution asked his manager, Lillian Wright, about that cut on the stand Wednesday. She told them Brown’s hand was not cut while he was at work.
Wright also told jurors Brown didn’t have a rip in his pants at work that was there later when he was talking to police.
Brown’s lawyer said he will take the stand in his own defense before the trial is over.
If found guilty, Brown could spend the rest of his life behind bars.