A Jefferson City boy and the St. Louis man charged with kidnapping him are both dead after an apparent murder-suicide. The bodies of six year old Markell Beasley and 40 year old Demetrius Beasley were found shot to death Tuesday night at a home in Cape Girardeau. Police are still investigating, but say it appears the man shot the child and then turned the gun on himself.
Police say Demetrius Beasley wasn't the boy's biological father, but had had a relationship with the child's mother. She told police she had allowed her son to travel to St. Louis from Jefferson City on Saturday for a Christmas gathering with Demetrius Beasley's family. But the mother said she later learned there was no gathering and that Beasley didn't intend to return her son.
Police had charged the St. Louis man with kidnapping Tuesday morning.