Update: Man charged with first-degree murder in death of Gibson Co. infant

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A man is now facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of a 5-month-old boy from Kenton.

Braxton Edwards

Braxton Edwards

Braxton Edwards is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 5-month-old Maxyn Killingsworth, according to a release from the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office.

The infant died Saturday as a result of injuries sustained Wednesday at a home on Hicks Street in Kenton, according to the release.

Edwards is the boyfriend of the baby’s mother and had been left to care for the baby while the mother was at work, according to the sheriff’s office.

Edwards told investigators he had tripped while walking with the child and that the child began to seize.

Edwards called 911, and the child was initially transported to the emergency room at Union City and later transferred to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Once at Le Bonheur it was determined the child had a subdural hemorrhage with compression fractures of the T11 and T12 vertebra, according to the release.

Edwards was initially charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect and was released from the Gibson County Correctional Complex Thursday on a $25,000 bond.

He was booked back into the jail around 5:30 p.m. Monday on the first-degree murder charge. There has not been a new bond set.

Edwards is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Trenton General Sessions Court.

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