Mother charged with murder and abuse of toddler son

A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with the murder and abuse of her three-year-old son.

Tracy Ann Bissett, 33, and Judson Sier Dunnavant, 38, were arrested in Siler City, North Carolina, on Thursday.

Bissett’s three-year-old son, Evan Preston Marrero, died in December, according to an online obituary.

Judson Sier Dunnavant, 38, has also been charged with the boy's murder
Image:Judson Sier Dunnavant, 38, has also been charged with the boy’s murder

The arrests were the result of a “lengthy and extensive investigation” by Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Bissett, who was pictured sobbing in her custody photo, and Dunnavant, were charged with first-degree murder and intentional child abuse causing serious bodily injury.

The pair are being held at Chatham County Detention Center.

Police said the boy’s post-mortem reported he had blunt-force injuries to his arms, legs, chest, back, face and forehead, with details of his injuries filling three pages.

They added that Evan had died from internal bleeding caused by lacerations to his small and large intestines.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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