The Latest: Caregiver charged in death of 4-year-old boy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 4-year-old Missouri boy who was missing for nearly a week (all times local):

5 p.m.

A 26-year-old woman who reported a 4-year-old Missouri boy missing about a week before his body was found is now charged in his death.

Quatavia Givens was charged Wednesday with neglect or abuse of a child resulting in death.

Police say Givens was caring for Darnell Gray on Oct. 24 at a Jefferson City housing complex while his father was at work. She reported him missing the next morning, prompting an intense search before his body was found.

A probable cause statement says Givens admitted to investigators that she hit the boy.

An autopsy found multiple injuries on the boy’s body.

Givens is being held in the Cole County Jail without bond. Online court records don’t list an attorney for her.

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10:30 a.m.

A caregiver has been arrested in the death of a 4-year-old Missouri boy whose body was found almost a week after she reported him missing.

Jefferson City police said in a news release Wednesday that 26-year-old Quatavia Givens has been booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree child abuse resulting in the death of Darnell Gray. No charges have been filed.

Asked whether Givens had an attorney, a police spokesman said he couldn’t comment on her legal status.

Police say Givens had been caring for Darnell while his father worked. She reported him missing on Oct. 24.

Darnell’s body was found Tuesday in Jefferson City after authorities went door-to-door and drained a retention pond looking for him.

Police haven’t released the cause of death or specifically where he was found.

Associated Press

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