Stover, MO – Thomas Presley and his unidentified girlfriend are both in police custody after police say they attempted to conceal the beating death of the woman’s toddler by staging a hit and run accident.
Presley apparently told authorities he had stopped his vehicle along Highway 135 for a bathroom break early Thursday morning, when the toddler, identified as 3-year-old Blake Litton, darted into the road and was hit by a car. Presley claimed the car fled the scene.
Blake’s death was initially reported as a hit and run, but after further investigation, authorities essentially called bullsh*it on the man’s story. No skid marks were discovered at the scene, police say, and Blake’s injuries, which included violent trauma to the head and torso area, weren’t consistent with a car accident.
“We have determined the child was assaulted at a home in Stover, resulting in his death,” said Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty.
Sheriff Petty also has reason to believe Presley told the child’s mother what really happened to her little boy, and she was fully aware of the staged hit and run, but played along “to keep him out of jail.”
Presley, 21, is being held at the Morgan County Jail pending formal charges of second-degree murder. And mom? Well, in addition to the charges she will likely face in the death of her son, she will also be charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the physical condition of her 2-year-old daughter.
I will update this story when more information becomes available.
Update: Blake’s mother, 25-year-old Jamie Litton, was charged today with second-degree murder and an additional count of endangering the welfare of a child. Police believe Presley beat the child to death after the kid crapped his pants. The good news is, dude didn’t go so far as to actually run the kid over to strengthen his story.Tags: Blake Litton, Hit and Run, Jamie Litton, Missouri, Murder, Thomas Presley