Carl Braxton, who is being held without bond, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse, first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child neglect, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.
The incident occurred last Nov. 8 in the 5800 block of Waterstone Oak Way when Braxton punched young Patrick Beeks Jr. multiple times in the face, in the head and in the ribs after the boy emptied the contents of his mother’s purse and scattered them on the floor.
Braxton told investigators he also whipped the child with a belt. The boy was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Eric Christensen and Asst. Dist. Atty. Stacy McEndree, both of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.