Community reaches out to family of slain 3 year old - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Community reaches out to family of slain 3-year-old

(WMC-TV) - A pink teddy bear was propped up on grass deadened by a blue dumpster Wednesday afternoon.

That dumpster had been moved after 3-year-old Maurice Brown Junior's lifeless body was found inside.

A mile and a half away from where he was located, there is another collection of stuffed animals, hearts, pinwheels and kind sentiments.

The number items grow by the hour outside the apartment where the little boy was last seen alive.

"We did not get any help from the father in reference to the child's location," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Maurice Brown, Senior is locked up at 201 Poplar on an aggravated child neglect charge.

There have been no additional criminal charges filed at this point.

"This is still an ongoing investigation," said Armstrong. "We still have quite a bit of work to do."

While investigators await an official cause of death from the medical examiner, the community is reaching out.

"It's so tragic and it's so much we just want the family to know we are here to help them in any way that we can," said Eddie Hayes of R.S. Hayes Funeral Home.

R.S. Lewis funeral home is offering to provide services free of charge, though funeral arrangements have not been agreed upon or finalized as of yet.

Regardless, administrators say they hope others follow.

"We want to support this family because things just don't have to happen like this, it really doesn't and it really pulls at our heart," said Andre Jordan, of R.S. Lewis Funeral Home.

Heartstrings are tugged to near tears by the tragedy of 3-year-old Maurice Brown's death.

R.S. Lewis says it's working with other vendors in an effort to get those services donated as well.

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