published Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Chattanooga mother, boyfriend bound over to grand jury in death of 4-year-old boy

A mother and her boyfriend will face the grand jury on charges they murdered the woman's 4-year-old son.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales sent charges against Kenneth Coleman, 21, and Patricia Brewer, 23, to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing this afternoon.

On Dec. 19, 2011, Tyre’ke Evans died from a swollen brain and lacerated liver shortly after being brought to the hospital, according to a medical examiner's report.

Police arrested and charged Coleman and Brewer with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in Tyre’ke’s death.

The pair also face charges of attempted murder and aggravated child abuse in the beating of Brewer’s other child, a 3-year-old boy.

Coleman admitted to police at the time of his arrest that he had beaten the boys with a belt before they were taken to the hospital.

Coleman is being held on a $4 million bond and Brewer on a $3 million bond and were ordered not to have any contact with the 3-year-old.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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