Thomas Everett Holland, 38, is charged with first-degree child abuse and manslaughter for the murder of Jayson Holland.
Shirley Gaither says her great grandson Jayson was a joyous little boy, and that the family has yet to recover from his death.
Holland claimed he had found the boy unresponsive in his Palmer Park home on January 26. But there were immediate suspicions because prior to the incident, Holland was in a paternity war, waging a custody battle for the little boy. According to Mrs. Gaither, he chafed at the $600 a month child support payments.
“The moment we got the news we knew he had done something to the child,” she said.
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