Tragedy for fam­ily as boy found dead in car

Weekend Herald - - WORLD -

Three young Mis­sis­sippi men were ar­rested hours af­ter a 6- year- old boy was found shot dead yes­ter­day in his mother’s stolen car and the sus­pects will be charged with cap­i­tal mur­der, author­i­ties said.

Madi­son County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Michael Guest an­nounced at a news con­fer­ence that author­i­ties plan to charge By­ron McBride, D’Allen Wash­ing­ton and Dwan Wake­field in the death of the child.

Author­i­ties found Kingston Fra­zier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother’s stolen car, which Jack­son Po­lice Com­man­der Tyree Jones said was aban­doned in a muddy ditch about 20km north of the cap­i­tal.

Fra­zier had gone miss­ing 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. About nine hours later, fol­low­ing a child- ab­duc­tion alert and wide­spread pub­lic­ity, a man re­ported the miss­ing Toy­ota Camry was be­side a dead- end road in the north­ern sub­urb of Gluck­stadt.

Author­i­ties pub­licly dis­closed the boy’s death while sur­rounded by griev­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

“A 6- year- old i s gone,” said Kingston’s cousin, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That’s her baby.”

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 mother, Ebony Archie, left the boy in the car, its en­gine run­ning, while she went in­side the su­per­mar­ket, sher­iff ’s deputies have said. The store’s park­ing lot is pa­trolled by sher­iff ’s deputies, in­clud­ing one in a golf cart. Se­cu­rity video shows that af­ter Archie left, an­other car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in the Camry.

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Mem­bers of Kingston Fra­zier’s fam­ily were in­con­solable af­ter hear­ing of his death.

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