A Texas man is accused of killing his 8-year-old grandson by stabbing him, according to officials.
According to the Richland Hills Authorities Department, police were called to a stabbing incident on Sunday morning about 7:50 a.m. at a residence in the 3500 block of Labadie Drive in Richland Hills, west of Dallas.
Officers arrived and discovered an 8-year-old child already deceased. According to Fox 4, he was discovered in a bedroom of his grandfather’s house.
They discovered the suspect, Phillip Hughes, 62, who was recognized as the boy’s grandpa, next to the house, according to police. According to Fox 4 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, as well as a GoFundMe created for his family, the kid was named as Brenym McDonald.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner determined that the kid died as a result of blunt force injuries to his neck and chest. After being detained by police, Hughes was arrested. Police are looking into the killing’s motivation.
In order to await his arraignment, Hughes is being imprisoned for capital murder at the Joint Detention Center in North Richland Hills. It is unknown if he has a lawyer who can represent him in court.
GoFundMe To Support Family
Family friend Maddox Sullivan writes of Brenym in a GoFundMe account created to assist with funeral expenses “clever, enthused, consistently happy, and with the largest heart.
“He could brighten any space with a smile, and there was no tale he couldn’t tell you that would make you laugh.”
“We are all heartbroken by this awful incident and unprepared for his untimely death, which is something a mother never expects to have to do.”
The department sent its sympathies to the boy’s family and requested “continued prayers for everyone concerned,” calling the boy’s death “a horrible tragedy.”
According to the youngster’s great-grandmother, who spoke with Fox 4, the boy and his parents were staying with Hughes temporarily. The site said Child Protective Services is looking into the child’s death. Fox 4 reports that CPS has no prior relationships with the family. According to WFAA-TV, the youngster attended the Birdville school system.
The young boy’s great-grandmother, Linda Hubbard, described the incident as “a tragedy.” Brenym and his parents, according to her, had been residing at Hughes’ residence on Labadie Drive. Hubbard and a few other relatives drove down from Missouri as soon as they got the news, and they came by the home to lay flowers outside the front door.
“You almost can’t even put into words how I’ve been communicating with all of my family and friends about this, Hubbard said. My acquaintance in California reportedly responded, “Please tell me you’re not saying it was Brenym. You talk about Brenym all the time.” “I mean when my daughter phoned and told me… I can’t believe this.”
The deadly stabbing’s likely cause or any other background information has not been disclosed by the police. On Sunday morning, Hughes was apprehended by police in front of Richland Middle School, just a block away from his residence. Hughes was then taken into prison.