DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County police say they are investigating a homicide involving a child.
The incident happened on Rocky Pine Drive in DeKalb County Wednesday night.
Police told Channel 2's Carl Willis that a father killed his 5-year-old son.
“Children in the back of the police car. There's a lady and other children sitting on the corner and the coroner was taking the body,” one neighbor, who did not identify themselves, told Willis.
Disturbing update:— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) February 22, 2018
Police tell me the father, Montrais Boyd, beat his son to death with a shovel and then buried the 5 year old in the backyard. He is being charged with murder.@wsbtv @DeKalbCountyPD pic.twitter.com/1ku4VvR44C
Police said the young victim lived at the home with his grandmother.
On Wednesday, the boy's father and mother arrived in town from California and showed up at the grandmother's house unannounced.
At one point the mother and grandmother left the father at the home with his son and three other children.
"They came home and learned that the child had been murdered,” Shiera Campbell with the DeKalb County Police Department said.
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Police said the father used a shovel to kill the child.
"Right now, the father is in custody. He is a 25-year-old male. There were other children in the home as well. They were not harmed and this was an isolated incident," Campbell said.
Willis said everyone from neighbors to the officers were visibly shaken by the scene that police say includes both inside and outside of the home.
"We do have the chaplain on the way to talk to officers and anyone else who may need to talk about what it is they witnessed today because it is difficult situation when a child has been killed especially in this manner," Campbell said.
"It's crazy, especially when you see the children walk up and down the street every day," the neighbor told Willis.
DeKalb County Police on the scene where they say a 5 year old boy was murdered by his father. Other children were in the home but were not physically injured. More details to come. pic.twitter.com/BZVIjzHw0S— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) February 22, 2018
Police say parents came from California unannounced to visit their five year old son who lived with his grandmother. While the mother and grandmother were out of the house police say the father killed the boy. The mother is cooperating and is not a suspect. pic.twitter.com/6g3rNOgkDO— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) February 22, 2018
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