Memphis father formally charged with beating death of son, district attorney’s office says

Memphis, Tenn. — A Memphis father has been formally charged with murder after the brutal death of his son, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

The Shelby County DA’s office said 36-year-old Antonio First is charged with first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect after his 2-year-old son Brayton Brooks.

In June of 2020, official said First called 911 from a house on North Trezevant to report that his son was not breathing.

When first responders arrived, they reported gruesome injuries to Brayton.

Brayton suffered fractures on both sides of the skull, ligature marks around his neck, and major bruising on his entire body. His stomach was filled with blood, according to the district attorney’s office.

The DA’s office said that First is also suspected in a beating Brayton suffered in 2019 when he was 14 months old.

In 2019, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office reported that First brought Brayton in to Le Bonhuer Children’s Hospital in critical condition with bruises to his forehead he suffered while in his father’s care.

First was not charged in 2019, according to the DA’s office, but was ordered not to have custody of his son.

First is being held on a $150,000 bond.

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