UPDATE: Tip leads to arrest of man charged with baby's death, child abuse

Updated: 2:46 p.m. April 26, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A man accused in a child abuse case that left a baby dead and a 2-year-old seriously hurt is now in custody. 

Milwaukee Police say Devante Randall was arrested Friday afternoon after a citizen recognized him on social media and called police with his whereabouts. 

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales thanked the public for their help, saying "Let's continue to work together to make Milwaukee a safer place to live, work, and raise a family."


Posted: 10:30 a.m. April 26, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Police are searching for a 26-year-old homicide suspect.

Devante Randall has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, neglecting a child causing death, physical abuse of a child and neglecting a child causing bodily harm. The alleged incident happened on April 22.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman left her two children with Randall who was her boyfriend. Randall claims that he was visiting family with the kids when he heard gunshots and ran with the children but accidentally dropped the 5-month-old baby and a 2-year-old child.

When the mother of the children drove to the hospital with Randall he would not come inside with the baby who appeared lifeless. Instead, he called the mother's father and told him to meet him in Milwaukee where he gave him the baby who was then taken to the hospital that evening.

An exam of the 5-month-old revealed numerous significant injuries all over their body. Doctors believe the injuries are consistent with a massive acceleration and deceleration event such as violent shaking, being slammed or thrown. The child was declared brain dead and after three days of no brain activity was declared dead on April 25. 

The 2-year-old was also examined and injuries at least four and seven days old were discovered. Officials believe the injuries were caused by physical abuse. An autopsy is scheduled on the baby for April 29 to determine a final cause of death.

Randall is described as 5'7" and 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call police at 414-935-7360.

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