Federal agents in Tennessee arrested a father accused of leaving his two young sons in his sweltering car for extended periods last summer – a move they say ultimately killed one of the children. Tyler Eugene McMillion was taken into custody this week and charged with multiple crimes related to the boy’s death, including murder, authorities announced in a press release.
According to US Marshal Tyreece MillerA Madison County grand jury on Monday indicted McMillion on first-degree murder, aggravated child neglect, indiscriminate homicide, child neglect and two counts of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
The charges relate to the boy’s tragic death last August.
Per the press release, McMillion left his two children, ages two and four, unattended in his vehicle on August 21, 2021. The 4-year-old later died because he was left alone in the car with his brother, investigators say. A online obituary because the boy said he died at Madison County General Hospital.
That online obituary identified the child as Bryson Rae McMillion. A brief passage states that Bryson was “loved and cherished by many people,” including his father, Tyler, his mother, Alicia McMillionand his younger brother Braxton McMillion.
On the same day that the grand jury returned an indictment against McMillion, several Federal Task Force agents went to McMillion’s home on Block 6000 of Graball Drive in Milan and arrested him without incident, the US Marshals Service called.
The investigation into Bryson’s death was originally conducted by Jackson PD detectives, but the case was taken over by the US Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force.
The task force’s primary objective, according to the USMS, is “the arrest of violent and sex offenders.” The unit is composed of multiple law enforcement agencies based in the Western District of Tennessee, primarily Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy, Memphis Police Officers, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Correction Special Agents from the Arresting and enforcement unit.
In a similar case, November was a father from Oklahoma sentenced to four years in prison after leaving his two young children, ages three and four, in a hot car while playing video games and taking drugs. As Law&Crime reports, Dustin Lee Dennis previously pleaded guilty to two counts of child neglect in the deaths of his children in Indian County.
“The temperature was over 90 degrees and the children died from exposure to extremely high temperatures while being trapped in my truck for over four hours,” Dennis wrote in a signed statement filed in federal court.
An online court filing maintained by the Madison County Court Clerk says McMillion will be charged at 8:00 a.m. on March 7
[image via Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office]
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