October 19, 2022

Jackson Police Arrest, Charge Man With Death Of 14-Month Old Toddler

Morgan Howard

Source: Jackson police

Jackson police have arrested and charged a man in the death of a 14-month old.

According to a report from WLBT, 28-year-old Trevonte Leshawn Willis is in jail without bond.

Source: Jackson police

Police say he is the boyfriend of the child’s mother. The coroner said that the toddler died of blunt force trauma brought on by child abuse.

According to police, the child, Kahari Loftin, was transported to UMMC because of breathing issues on September 29th. The child died later at the hospital.

WLBT said that the child’s father, Jajuan Moore, told them he has a range of feelings about everything. The biggest emotion is an unnerving, unsettled feeling.

“The last few weeks have been a whirlwind,” Moore said. “I haven’t even started the grieving process. Right now, I’m not at rest until I know exactly what happened to my son!”

According to WLBT, Moore told police that he and the child’s mom split up in May after the mom allegedly left Lofton and their 4-year-old child home by themselves.

WLBT said that the father said, “I told her she couldn’t get ‘em until she got help,” he said. “But a few days later, she picked them up from the daycare and wouldn’t let me see my kids for weeks. The daycare said they couldn’t keep the biological child’s mother from picking them up without a court order.”

Moore said he called Child Protective Services, but nothing was done.

The toddler was laid to rest Monday in Smith County. The child’s mother and both of their families attended the funeral.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” Deputy Chief Deric Hearn would only add when questioned.

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