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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Hit-and-run death of 3-year-old ruled a homicide

  • A three-year-old boy who died early Thursday morning was not the victim of a hit-and-run as police previously thought, but a homicide.


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  • A three-year-old boy who died early Thursday morning was not the victim of a hit-and-run as police previously thought, but a homicide.
    Authorities have charged T.J. Presley, 21, with second-degree murder of Blake E. Litton, of Stover. Presley is Litton's mother's boyfriend.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol had earlier released information that Litton was walking in the ditch along Route 135 near Button Road when he was struck by a vehicle, which continued without stopping.
    Police were looking for a white-colored vehicle, but called off the search as more details about the hit-and-run became clear.
    Investigators now believe Litton was killed at his home and was transported to the road by Presley. It is unclear if Presley himself ran over the boy before calling authorities.
    Litton was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia.
    A three-year-old boy who died early Thursday morning was not the victim of a hit-and-run as police previously thought, but a homicide.
    Authorities have charged T.J. Presley, 21, with second-degree murder of Blake E. Litton, of Stover. Presley is Litton's mother's boyfriend.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol had earlier released information that Litton was walking in the ditch along Route 135 near Button Road when he was struck by a vehicle, which continued without stopping.
    Police were looking for a white-colored vehicle, but called off the search as more details about the hit-and-run became clear.
    Investigators now believe Litton was killed at his home and was transported to the road by Presley. It is unclear if Presley himself ran over the boy before calling authorities.
    Litton was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia.

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