Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dad charged with murder in death of 2-year-old son (Memphis, Tennessee)

Dad is identified as MARTERRIUS HITE.


Father of child found dead charged with murder & child abuse

Posted 1:25 pm, July 16, 2015, by George Brown, Updated at 07:06pm, July 16, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police have charged a man with murdering his 2-year-old son.

Marterrius Hite told police Monday he found his son Deandre Davis floating in a bathtub.

The child later died at the hospital.

Investigators noticed ‘multiple cuts and bruising covering the entire body of the 2 year old victim.’

Police say Hite told them he grabbed his son ‘by the neck and popped him several times with a belt on his stomach and legs.’

He said he later found the boy in the tub.

The medical examiner ruled Davis died due to blunt force trauma to his head and stomach area which caused massive internal injuries as well as brain hemorrhaging.

Hite is charged with four counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of first degree murder and violation of the seat belt law.

He will appear in court on Friday.