UPDATE: The Knoxville Police Department
says a mother is charged with first degree murder following the death of
her 3-month-old baby.
KPD says 3-month-old Adrian Prince Howell, Jr. died from blunt force
trauma to his head. While officers are still investigating the incident
at 1100 Lula Powell Drive, they say there is no evidence of a shooting
or that a weapon was involved.
Officers say the baby's mother, 19-year-old Tierra Patrice Williamson,
will be detained on a $100,000 bond after she is discharged from the
hospital. She is charged with one count of first degree murder,
according to KPD.
Knoxville Police Public Information Officer Darrell DeBusk said
witnesses told police Williamson was dangling the baby over her third
"An individual was able to get to her and the baby. The baby was
actually inside the apartment with the mom when we arrived on scene,"
Police called in chaplains that night to help officers cope after
responding to the scene.
"Seeing the child, having to process the scene, having to take pictures
of the baby, that can wear on an individual," DeBusk said.
Saturday, residents at Townview Towers Apartments set out teddy bears
and candles to honor baby Adrian's life.
Officers were called to the Townview Towers Apartments, at 1100 Lula
Powell Drive, near downtown shortly before 8:20 p.m.
A KPD spokesperson said 911 callers initially thought a shooting had
occurred, but police have not been able to determine whether any
gunshots were fired.
KPD said the
woman held a baby over the railing of the third story of a Knoxville
apartment complex Friday night.
On Friday, police confirmed that the woman threatened to kill the
three-month-old boy by dropping him from the third story of a unit in
The 1100 Studio Apartments on Lula Powell Drive.
According to a police spokesperson, officers found the injured child
inside of an apartment.