- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Lowndes County authorities have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old child.

Sheriff’s Department Capt. Ryan Rickert says the body of 4-year-old Brayden Barksdale was found at his mother’s home in south Lowndes County on Monday.

County Coroner Larry Merchant says an autopsy determined the boy’s death was a homicide and not an accident. Merchant says the boy was shot in the head.

Rickert says 27-year-old Patrick Chambers has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Rickert says Chambers lived at the home with the child and the child’s mother.

Rickert says the investigation is continuing.

An initial court appearance is pending for Chambers. It was not known if he has an attorney.

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