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Boyfriend of 2-Year-Old's Mother Arrested in Toddler's Death

By Brittany Nicholson
By bnicholson@wbbjtv.com

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.-"God bless that little kid," James Otis Butler, a resident of Humboldt said Tuesday about the murder of 2-year-old Brayden Taylor.

Humboldt police believe they now know how 2-year-old Brayden Taylor died. They aren't releasing those details, but they have arrested 21-year-old Quadarius Bufford and charged him with first degree murder.

Neighbors say they occasionally saw Bufford with the toddler, but he was usually with his mom.

"She's a nice young lady and I think she takes good care of her baby," Mary Panke, who lives down the street, said.

Investigators say Bufford and the toddler's mother were dating. Neighbors say this is a scary reminder of how careful parents must be when it comes to who's around their kids.

"We have to be careful who we come in contact with. Other people don't want to take care of other's kids. They won't do a good job," Panke said.

Police were called to the house Thursday morning and found Brayden unresponsive. He was rushed to Humboldt General Hospital then airlifted to LeBonhuer Children's Hospital in Memphis where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors want justice for Brayden and his family.

"Whatever he [Bufford] did, he should pay for it," Butler said.

"I am so sorry for your loss, baby," Panke said to her Brayden's mother.

Bufford made his first court appearance this morning. He is being held at the Gibson County Correctional Complex

Bufford's bond is set at $1 million.
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