Police: Toddler dead after abuse from father

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

ATLANTA,None —

A 1-year-old boy has died from serious injuries and his father is in jail, accused of beating him, police said.

Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri spoke with the child's mother who said she never expected something like this to happen.

Toni Brown said she had to make the difficult choice to take her 13-month-old son, Mikkah, off of life support.

The child's father is facing serious charges.

Brown described Mikkah as always smiling and a joy to be around. She returned home Friday after work to find the baby unresponsive after leaving him in the care of his father, Ryan Edwards, 34.

"He had suffered a severe brain injury, fractured skull and severe brain damage, Brown said.

Brown said she took him to an urgent care facility near her Morrow home. Because of the seriousness of his injuries, crews brought Mikkah to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston. She said the news was not good.

"If he did recover, he would be severely handicapped. He would not speak. He would not walk," Brown said.

Clayton County police arrested Edwards and booked him into the Clayton County Jail on charges of child cruelty and aggravated battery.

Brown made the difficult decision to take her son off life support Monday evening.

"I'm devastated. I am, like I said, I have my good moments. I have my bad moments," Brown said.

Brown said she has never had trouble like this before with Edwards.

Mikkah's grandmother, Ruby Huntley, told Viteri she's still trying to understand how this could happen.

"For him to take my grandson. I'm mad, I'm very, very mad," Huntley said.

"Children are innocent and people should pay for hurting the innocent," Brown said.

Edwards is currently in the Clayton County Jail. Investigators said more charges are pending.