Suspects steal car, kill 6-year-old boy left inside
JACKSON, Miss. – Three young Mississippi men on Thursday were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead in his mother’s stolen car. The suspects will be charged with capital murder, authorities said.
At a news conference, Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced that authorities plan to charge Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield for the murder of the child.
The mother’s stolen Toyota Camry was found abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles north of the Kroger parking lot where it was taken. Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said Kingston Frazier, 6, (pictured) was shot at least once in the back seat of the car.
“All they had to do is let this kid off on the side of the road, at a grocery store, at a church, anywhere else, but they chose to kill the kid,” a sheriff spokesman said, according to The New York Times.
Frazier went missing after 1 a.m. Thursday when a man was seen on video taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson, the state capital, according to authorities.
Ebony Archie, the boys’ mother, left him in the car with the engine running while she went inside the supermarket early Thursday, according to Heath Hall, a spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
She reportedly collapsed after learning her child was killed. She was carried outside the district attorney’s office by a family member.
Security video shows that after Archie left, a Honda Civic drove up and a man got out and then drove off in the Camry. The tragic ending was discovered about nine hours later when a man found the vehicle in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt.
Authorities publicly disclosed the boy’s death Thursday morning while surrounded by grieving family members.
“A 6-year-old is gone,” said Kingston’s cousin, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That’s her baby.”
“It’s hard to know that people out there are evil, that would kill a child,” Velma Eddington, the boy’s great-aunt, told The Clarion-Ledger. “That’s evil. That baby hadn’t done anything to him. That baby hadn’t done nothing. They could have left that child on that back seat, asleep. They didn’t have to kill him. Those people are evil. Evil.”
The three suspects were arrested within hours of the child’s body being found, authorities said, adding video and a witness helped identify them.
Authorities said Washington and Wakefield are both 17. McBride’s age was not immediately released.
In Mississippi, 17-year-olds accused of capital murder are tried as adults. The capital murder charge means prosecutors could seek the death penalty if the three are convicted, Guest said.
The district attorney also said it was possible the charges might change, adding the three are expected to make initial court appearances on Monday.
Authorities did not specify the roles each suspect played in the crime. All three are being held without bail.
(Kingston Frazier photo: Mississippi Highway Patrol)