ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. — The disturbing death of a 4-year-old boy from McNairy County caused charges to escalate from child abuse to murder.
Sheriff’s deputies said Anthony Dilworth abused his own son.
Dilworth’s girlfriend, Kyrie Kyle, was also charged with aggravated child abuse.
Deputies announced Monday it’s believed Kyle also killed the little boy.
“I just felt…just sadness. It just…It breaks my heart because he just looks so sweet and innocent,” Jennifer Burks, who lives near Dilworth’s Adamsville home, said. “Neighbors didn’t know the child existed, and it was just like he was locked up in this home.”
Law enforcement accused Kyle of pushing the 4-year-old into a dresser, knocking him unconscious.
According to court documents, Kyle left the room where the child was passed out and closed the door behind her.
The affidavit of complaint revealed it was not until Kyle returned to the room 30 minutes later, she realized the child was having a seizure.
Kyle reported the incident to 911 operators.
“Over the weekend on Saturday, the child passed away as a result of the traumatic brain injuries sustained on Wednesday night,” Honorable Mike Dunavant said.
Dunavant is the District Attorney for Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy, and Tipton counties.
McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck said the child had several bruises and remains hopeful and autopsy will determine if the child was abused.
WREG learned the 4-year-old’s biological mother is currently grieving the loss of her son as she plans his funeral.
Neighbors continued paying their respects with a makeshift memorial in front of the home where the child once lived.
A note on the mailbox reads: “Fly high, Sweet Angel. We will never forget. Adamsville will always love you.”
“Nothing we can bring down here is going to bring the child back, but it can say that as a community maybe we are starting to be more aware that this happens,” Burks said.
Kyle is locked up on a $1,000,000 bond, and Dilworth is being held a $500,000 bond.
Both suspects are expected to appear before a judge on Thursday, August 14th.