New troubling court records released in Tuscaloosa toddler murder investigation

Autopsy: Toddler died from "Trauma to Body"

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - New chilling details released in the Tuscaloosa baby murder investigation.

A 27-year-old man could have his murder charges upgraded following the the preliminary autopsy of a 1-year-old toddler.

Christopher Cornelius Pearson has been charged with the murder of 1-year-old Omari Jones-Pearce. It was initially believed the child drowned in a bathtub, but the preliminary autopsy shows he died from “trauma to the body.”

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.

According to police we know Christopher Pearson was watching his girlfriend’s baby when she was at work.

Court documents show Christopher Pearson admitted that the baby was acting weak all morning after he threw him in the air repeatedly and let him drop on the bed.

The very last time the baby was tossed, court records state Pearson said the baby landed face first on the bed and then stopped moving.

He stated he knew messed up because after slapping and pushing the baby to help wake him up, blood started coming out of his mouth.

That’s when he put the toddler in the bathtub full of water and left him alone, only to come back and find him under water. Pearson told investigators that he put the child in the bathtub after he noticed he was lethargic.

According to police, he attempted to give CPR while he waited for medical personnel to arrive.

Investigators stated in the deposition document a bloody shirt and towel was found at the house.

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

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