Father charged with first degree murder of 3-year-old - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Father charged with first degree murder of 3-year-old

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A father is behind bars following the death of his 3-year-old son who was found unresponsive Saturday.

The child was found in the 1200 block of Evergreen Street and taken to Le Bonheur on Saturday morning. He later died.

Terry Patterson, 47, has been charged with first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Patterson told MPD that he found his son unresponsive on the couch. 

Investigators ruled the child's death a homicide from blunt force trauma.

Family members of 3-year-old Josiah said he went to visit his father's house and never came home. 

"My sister dropped him off. She said she went the night before and he was fine. The next morning she got a phone call saying her son had passed."

They said Josiah's mother, Kiera Quin, and his father, Terry Patterson, had joint custody and his mother was fighting for sole custody after finding bruises on his body. 

Family said they called the Department of Children Services multiple times since 2013, but nothing was ever done.

Family members said Josiah's mother brought him to his father's house Friday night and at 5 a.m. Saturday, she found out he was gone. 

They said Josiah constantly came home with bruises.

"It hurts I can't see him anymore. I can't kiss him anymore. How can you do this to an innocent child?" one family member asked.

They described Josiah as a sweet little boy who loved SpongeBob and cheeseburger Happy Meals. They said his love for everyone always shined through and they do not know how someone could have hurt him.

WMC Action News 5 investigators looked into Patterson's past and found that he is listed as a sex offender from a statutory rape charge from 1998.

If you want to report child abuse, you can call these hotlines: 

  • Tennessee: 1.877.237.0004
  • Desoto County, Mississippi: 1.662.429.1480
  • Mississippi (other than Desoto): 1.800.222.8000
  • Arkansas: 1.800.482.5964

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