MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man accused of murdering his 3-year-old son took the witness stand Saturday morning, sharing a very different version of events than he has before.
Maurice Brown said he chased his son, Maurice Brown, Jr., around the house and repeatedly beat him after he got bath water on the floor.
Brown said his son hit his head a number of times and was knocked unconscious when he slipped on the bathroom floor.
“I saw his eyes roll in the back of his head, but he came, he came back,” Brown said.
He said he thought Junior was asleep and put him on the bed, but later realized he wasn’t breathing.
Brown said he then put Junior and another son in his car and was headed to the hospital, but panicked. He then pulled into an alley and thought about how Junior’s mother was going to react.
“I threw him in the garbage. I threw him in the garbage can, and felt like when he was out of my presence…a big relief,” said Brown.
Brown then called 9-1-1 and said Junior walked out of the house. He admitted to lying to detectives and reporters about what happened to his son.
He added he didn’t kill his son, he just messed up.
Friday, the medical examiner used graphic autopsy photos and diagrams to show injuries to Junior’s body. She said he bled to death internally from a laceration to the liver. He also had numerous bruises, broken ribs and bleeding on the brain.
The defense tried to convince the jury that Junior got some of the injuries from the spanking, and some from running around the apartment and hurting himself.
It’s a theory the prosecution found impossible, especially after asking the chief medical examiner, who said said Junior couldn’t have caused the fatal injuries himself.
The jury will meet Sunday morning to deliberate. If found guilty, Brown faces life in prison.