A Jefferson City boy and the St. Louis man charged with kidnapping him are both dead after an apparent murder-suicide. The bodies of six year old Markell Beasley and 40 year old Demetrius Beasley were found shot to death Tuesday night at a home in Cape Girardeau. Police are still investigating, but say it appears the man shot the child and then turned the gun on himself.
Police say Demetrius Beasley wasn't the boy's biological father, but had had a relationship with the child's mother. She told police she had allowed her son to travel to St. Louis from Jefferson City on Saturday for a Christmas gathering with Demetrius Beasley's family. But the mother said she later learned there was no gathering and that Beasley didn't intend to return her son.
Police had charged the St. Louis man with kidnapping Tuesday morning.
Fire investigators are trying to determine if portable space heaters played a roll in an overnight fire that killed a 14 month old child.
Fire crews were called to the home at North 25th Street and Angelica in north St. Louis about 2:00 a.m.
Firefighters rescued three adults from the burning home, but the child had already died when they found him.
Fire Chief Jenkerson told Fox 2 News that the building had no heat, and several space heaters were in use.
The adults pulled from the building were taken to a hospital. Their conditions aren't known.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - Family and friends will say their formal goodbyes to a 7 year old southern Illinois girl who authorities allege was stabbed to death by her uncle.
Services for Willow Long of the tiny village of Watson in Effingham County are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Effingham High School, followed by private burial.
Twenty-two year old Justin DeRyke was charged last Wednesday with first-degree murder in Willow's death.
Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed his niece to end her suffering after she accidentally fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick near the family's home.
DeRyke is being held on $5 million bond and hiring an attorney. He's set to appear again in court Thursday.
Police are calling the death of a four year old metro-east boy a tragic accident.
Major Jeff Conner with the Granite City Police says Charles Collins was stuck and killed about 5:30 Saturday evening in the first block of Steele Drive. Major Conner says the boy had apparently run into the street and was stuck by a family member's car.
He was pronounced dead after being transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center.
An autopsy will be performed today, but police don't expect to file any charges in the case.
The St. Clair County States Attorney is considering charges after a six year old child got a hold of a gun and shot an 11 year old boy in Belleville Tuesday night.
Belleville police spokesman Mark Heffernan says it happened when three children were playing upstairs in a home during a family barbecue. Police say the handgun didn't belong to the owners of the house but may have come from someone who was staying there.
Eleven year old Leonard Smith, Jr. was shot in the head and died on the way to the hospital.
Police say Smith lived in East St. Louis and was visiting the family in Belleville.
St. Louis police say a 9 year old boy who was shot while riding in a car early Wednesday morning has died.
Police say Tyrese Short had been riding in a car with his father, another man and a woman in north St. Louis, when a man in another car shot him. No one else was injured.
The boy was taken to a nearby police station for help. He was rushed to St. Louis Children's Hospital, but died later in the day.
St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack says investigator suspect that the boy's father or the 22 year old man driving had been the gunman's target. An 18 year old woman was also in the car. Police say it's unclear why the child and his father were out at 3:30 in the morning.
No information has been released about a possible suspect.
A tearful plea today from the grandmother of a two-year-old boy who was killed by a hit and run driver Sunday night in Spanish Lake. "Whoever you are, please have a conscience. (sobs) And just come forward. My grandson did not deserve this."
St Louis County police say two-year-old Darion Griffin ran out into the street around 8 p.m. in the 1500 block of Redmond Road. Witnesses told police that a white SUV with tinted windows was speeding eastbound on Redmond near Bellefontaine Road when it hit the toddler and his 17-year-old aunt, Sheria Evans. Police say Evans was trying to pull the child from the path of the vehicle. The SUV didn't stop.
Both victims were rushed to a nearby hospital where the boy was pronounced dead. The teen suffered minor injuries.
Anyone with information is urged to call St. Louis County Police.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the accident happened about 5:00 p.m. along Highway 8 near Highway P, just west of Park Hills, in St. Francois County.
Police say two boys had been playing along the roadside when Evan Ketto ran into the path of the truck. It swerved, but couldn't avoid striking him.
The child was airlifted to a Farmington hospital, where he was pronounced dead.