Funeral plans finalized for murdered toddler

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Plans for the funeral of a murdered toddler have been made.

3-year-old Israel Owens' funeral will take place on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Wren Funeral Home on Finley Boulevard in Birmingham.

Police say Owens died Saturday after being delivered to UAB by 26-year-old Marcus Smith. Medical personnel found the boy to be unresponsive and were not able to revive the child.

Investigators were informed by the Jefferson County Coroner that Owens died from internal injuries and the case was declared a homicide. Officers have charged Smith with capital murder.

Smith is being held in the Birmingham City Jail.

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