Hattiesburg man charged in death of infant

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -  A 17 month old Hattiesburg child is dead and the mother's boyfriend is facing criminal charges.

Hattiesburg Police sat they received a call about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday about a deceased baby at the Francis Street Apartments on Martin Luther King Drive. The baby, 17 month old Kamarie Echols was taken to Forrest General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities arrested 28 year old Johnny Craft, the boyfriend of the child's mother. He has been charged with felony child abuse. Police say the child showed signs of being abused.

An autopsy is being performed in Jackson and officials say those charges could be up upgraded depending on the outcome of the autopsy.

Craft is being held in the Forrest County Jail.

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