Chattanooga police arrested a 23-year-old mother today in connection with the beating death of her 4-year-old son and abuse of her 3-year-old son.
Patricia Brewer was arrested hours after her boyfriend, Kenneth Dewayne Coleman, 21, was taken into custody. Both have been charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, attempted first-degree murder, and felony murder after the boys were brought to the hospital Monday night.
The 4-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. The 3-year-old has also been admitted into the intensive care unit, where his condition remains critical, Weary said.
Coleman admitted to striking the boys with a belt at 1940 Sherman St. prior to their arrival to the hospital, Weary said.
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