Mechanicsville man charged after 2-year-old dies as a result of child abuse

27-year-old suspect charged with child neglect

Marcus S. Williams

HANOVER, Va. (WRIC) – A two-year-old child, James L. Brown, has died as a result of his injuries from what police suspect stems from child abuse.

“A two-year-old child is a defenseless child. It’s a senseless act of violence,” says Sergeant James Cooper of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office.

Marcus S. Williams, 27, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on April 16 after deputies responded to his apartment in the 7100 block of Garden Park Lane in reference to an apparent domestic disturbance called in by neighbors. Once on the scene, deputies located Williams and an unconscious two-year-old male with obvious signs of trauma. Investigators say Williams is the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother.

The child was transported to VCU Medical Center where it later died on Sunday.

“They believe there was abuse,” Sgt. Cooper added. “There were signs on the child inconsistent with what should be on a two-year-old child, which is what led them to make the arrest for child neglect.”

Williams was arrested and charged with Child Neglect and Malicious Wounding. He is currently incarcerated at Pamunkey Regional Jail. Those charges are expected to be upgraded to something more serious.

The Hanover Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the scope of injuries that led to the child’s death and the Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney in regard to additional charges.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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