Suspect in custody for murder of Jeff Davis child

Suspect in custody for murder of Jeff Davis child

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A suspect in the murder of a Jefferson Davis County 4-year-old has been identified and made his initial court appearance Saturday.

Belton Sims, 25, was charged with the murder of his son Messiah Griffith, according to Jefferson Davis Sheriff Ron Strickland.

According to Strickland, Sims picked up his son from his grandmother's house and took him back to his home at 250 Black Polk Road.

There Sims assaulted Griffith, giving the boy multiple bruises, Strickland said. Sims then took Griffith to the Jefferson Davis Community hospital, where Griffith was pronounced dead.

Sims was given no bond during his initial appearance.