JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department charged Belton Sims, 25, with the murder of a 4-year-old in Prentiss.
Officials said that Sims is the father to the child and is accused of beating his son Messiah Griffith Friday until he died. While investigators said evidence is pointing to Sims, some family members claim authorities have the wrong man.
Sims' grandmother Mary lives next door and said she doesn't believe that her grandson, also known as "Dooby," would hurt his son.
"Ain't no way in the world that he killed that baby," Mary said. "Ain't nothing going to make me believe that he killed that baby. He was crazy about his boy. That's the main reason why I can't understand."
Sheriff Ron Strickland said Sims picked up Griffith from Mary's house then took him home and assaulted him several times, giving him multiple bruises.
"I couldn't do anything but cry," Mary said. "I said 'Lord that isn't true. Dooby did not do that.' Lord knows he didn't do that."
Officials said Sims drove his son to the Jefferson Davis Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Mary said when she heard the news she couldn't believe it.
"I said "Baby, Granny is so sorry that something happened to you. I don't know what happened, and I hope and trust the Lord that you can tell me what happened,'" Mary said.
Authorities say the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests could be made.