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UPDATE: Mother Charged in Child’s Beating Death

Carol Daniel
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Melissa Jackson

Melissa Jackson

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-We now know how the 18 month old whose body was found in a dumpster Wednesday morning died and who police believe killed him.

On Friday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office filed 1st Degree Murder charges and Felony Abuse of a Child charges against the boy’s mother, Melissa Jackson.

Police released Jackson’s mugshot on Saturday.

Investigators believe Jackson beat the boy to death beginning sometime Tuesday.  Police say the toddler was strangled, suffered multiple rib fractures and liver lacerations that resulted in internal bleeding.  The child also had trauma to his brain.  Jackson was arrested at her apartment in the 2300 block of S. Jefferson.  A judge ordered her held without bond.  

Family members had called police to report the child missing.  His body was found a half  hour later in a dumpster behind the apartment where he lived.

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