After stealing a car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson, Mississippi, three 17-year-old males were arrested and charged with capital murder. It turns out that there was a 6-year-old child asleep in the back seat, and they shot the boy to death.
Hours after the car was reported stolen on Thursday, police reportedly found the little boy, Kingston Frazier, shot at least once in the back seat of his mother’s Toyota Camry. According to Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones, the car was found abandoned in a muddy ditch.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield will be charged with capital murder. Seventeen-year-olds in Mississippi who are accused of capital murder are tried as adults.
Police reported that Kingston had gone missing after 1 a.m. Thursday video surveillance showed a man taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket while Kingston’s mother shopped inside. A child-abduction alert was issued, and the car was found approximately nine hours later, abandoned beside a dead-end road in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt.
“A 6-year-old is gone,” said Kingston’s cousin, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That’s her baby.”
The video and a witness were instrumental in helping to identify the three teen-aged suspects, who were arrested a few hours after Kingston’s body was discovered. If convicted of the murder, all three teens could face the death penalty.
Kingston’s mother, Ebony Archie, had left the child in the car with the engine running while she went inside the supermarket around 1 a.m. on Thursday, sheriff’s deputies said, noting that they do patrol that store’s parking lot.
Deanna Moore, the boy’s aunt, recalled how they searched for the child for nine hours. “You could have just dropped him off,” she said to the kidnappers. An investigation into the crime is ongoing.
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