Mother’s boyfriend charged with murder in the death of Tuscaloosa toddler

Mother’s boyfriend charged with murder in the death of Tuscaloosa toddler
27-year-old Christopher Cornelius Pearson (Source: Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff's Office)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - A Tuscaloosa toddler drowned Friday morning while in the care of his mother’s boyfriend.

27-year-old Christopher Cornelius Pearson has been charged with the murder of 1-year-old Omari Jones-Pearce.

Police were called to a residence at the Creekwood Village Apartments Friday morning around 7 a.m. The infant was unresponsive and was transported to DCH Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The child was in the suspect’s care while his mother was at work. Pearson told investigators that he put the child in the bathtub after he noticed he was lethargic. According to police, Pearson says he left the water running and walked out of the bathroom. When he returned, he found that the infant was almost completely submerged underwater and attempted CPR while he waited for medical personnel to arrive.

According to authorities, after processing the scene and interviewing witnesses, investigators found probable cause to charge Pearson with murder. He will be placed in the Tuscaloosa County jail on a $150,000 bond.

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