Man charged in death of toddler - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Man charged in death of toddler

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Birmingham man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a three-year-old boy.

Birmingham Police, in a statement Tuesday to FOX6 News, said Marcus Smith, 26, had been charged with capital murder in the death of Israel Owens. Police said a warrant was issued for Smith after the Jefferson County Coroner determined Owens died as a result of internal injuries.

Owens died Saturday. UAB Police officers and medical personnel were called to a location Saturday at about 1:40 p.m. to assist the victim who was reported to 911 dispatchers as having trouble breating. Birmingham Police said Smith took the toddler to his workplace at UAB when the child became ill.

Owens became unresponsive and efforts to revive the child were unsuccessful.

Investigators said following the examination by the Jefferson County Coroner's office, homicide detectives from the Birmingham Police Department were notified.  Investigators were informed Monday the victim suffered internal injuries that caused in his death.

Smith was being held Tuesday in the Birmingham City Jail on no bond.

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