Brandon A. Whitby
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney has charged Brandon A. Whitby
, 20, of the 5700 block of Helen, with first-degree murder for the killing of two-year-old Malik Duff
Duff was pronounced dead at a local hospital Saturday, after being brought there unresponsive.
An autopsy performed on the child determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma. During the investigation, Duff's nine-month-old brother was discovered to have visible marks on his face and body,
as well as internal injuries.
Further investigation revealed a
loaded handgun and heroin within reach of both children
inside the residence in
the 1100 block of East Linton. The gun was stored inside a toy car. The heroin was stored under a mattress.
Police later arrested Whitby, who authorities say is the boyfriend of the children's
He is accused of striking the nine-month-old boy with a belt and causing Malik Duff's death by beating him.
In addition to the murder charge, Whitby has also been accused of two counts of first-degree
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (for the weapon/drugs) and one count of Abuse of a Child (for the
9 month old).
Whitby is in custody and
is being held on a $1 million bond.