JEFFERSON CO., Ala. (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the father and step-mother of a 2-year-old boy who died Wednesday.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the baby as Demetric Hampton, Jr.
Demetric Hampton, Sr., 26, has been charged with murder and aggravated child abuse. There is no bond.
Terrica Harris, 24, has been charged with aggravated child abuse. Both are being held in the Jefferson County Jail.
Deputies were called to the 1600 block of 6th Ave N in Center Point Wednesday around 12 a.m. about a child not breathing. The father told deputies the boy was eating when he began to choke.
He said he removed the food from the child’s airway and began life-saving efforts. Hampton, Sr. said his wife was not at home at the time, but arrived home shortly before medics made it to the scene.
The child was taken to Children’s of Alabama where he was pronounced dead.
Further investigation revealed the toddler had multiple injuries and burns that were not consistent with the parent’s stories.