Man Charged with Murder of Friend and Infant, Police Find Abandoned Car with Child Dead Inside

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Houston police have detained a carjacker who is suspected to have shot his friend dead, stole his car, and then abandoned his baby inside in the blazing heat. The 38-year-old Bolanle Fadairo is accused of killing Michael Essien and his 2-year-old son Micah on September 20 in Houston, Texas. The police shared a mugshot of him on Thursday, he was also visible.

A man detained in connection with the death of a 2-year-old son, whose body was discovered in a stolen SUV on Tuesday just hours after the child’s father was shot to death, has been charged with preliminary murder, according to a news release from Houston police. According to the press statement, the suspect, 38-year-old Bolanle Fadairo, is accused of two counts of murder and one count of tampering with evidence. As of Thursday morning, Fadairo has no listed attorney.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is still investigating the boy’s and his father’s identity, police said. The man who was shot had scheduled a meeting with another individual, according to the police, which reportedly resulted in an argument. According to authorities, the father, who was 38 as well, was shot to death and his SUV was taken.

A woman called the police hours later to report that her husband and 2-year-old were missing. Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said that they realized that the man they had found was her husband. They did not know anything about the child until the lady called. After a frantic hunt, police located the missing SUV. Satterwhite reported that the toddler was unconscious and in the rear seat.

Officers smashed a window and gave the child CPR. It was too late when they “called for the ambulance.” Although Satterwhite stated that it is thought that the child’s death was caused by being left in a hot vehicle, the exact cause of the child’s passing has not yet been established. The National Weather Service reports that the region’s high temperature on Tuesday was in the mid-90s. There were two homicides in one instance.

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