Kingston Frazier (Photo credit: Jackson Police Department)

A decision by a mom to leave her son in a running car outside of a Kroger supermarket has resulted in tragedy. Ebony Archie went into the grocery store in Jackson, Mississippi, while her son Kingston Frazier, 6, was asleep in the backseat of her Toyota Camry. While she was inside the store, car thieves took the opportunity to steal her vehicle.

Police were called to the scene and took the report from Archie, who did not initially tell law enforcement that her son was in the backseat. When she finally informed police of the kidnapping of her son, an amber alert was issued and the Mississippi Highway Patrol became involved in the search for the car and the missing child. It is unknown how much time elapsed before she told police that her son was in the backseat.

Tragically, the car was recovered 15 miles away from the scene and Kingston was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest on Thursday morning. Three suspects are in police custody. Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest said he planned to file capital murder charges against each of the three.

Dwan Diondro Wakefield, 17, of Ridgeland, was taken into custody by the Madison Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning. Wakefield, a senior at Ridgeland High School, was the starting quarterback on the school’s football team, according to Superintendent Ronnie McGehee. He was dismissed from the team last year, McGehee said.  DeAllen Washington, 17, turned himself into the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon. Another suspect identified as Bryon McBride Jr. was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department by the U.S. Marshals late Thursday.

Velma Eddington, Frazier’s great-aunt, stated to media ,”Everyone that was praying for us, that we would find Kingston alive, we want to thank everybody for that, but this is, really, this is, it’s hard to know that people out there are evil, that would kill a child. That’s evil. That baby hadn’t done anything to him. That baby hadn’t done anything. They could have left that child in that backseat, asleep. They didn’t have to kill him. Those people are evil. Evil. They need to find that other one before we find him…it’s evil what they did.”

Ebony Archie was grief stricken and collapsed into the arms of family members when she found out her son had been murdered. Family members described the 6-year-old as a fun loving child who had a close relationship with his uncles and was well loved.

Mo Barnes

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