Mother’s boyfriend charged in 7-month-old baby’s death

Mother's boyfriend charged in 7-month-old baby's death (Image 1)

A man was arrested Monday in connection to the death of his girlfriend’s 7-month-old son.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the child’s mother called 911 on Friday and said her son, Joseph Hillard, was unresponsive.

The baby was transported from his home in Holladay, Tennessee, to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Warrants were issued for the mother’s boyfriend, 25-year-old Westlee Yates, charging him with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

Benton, of Benton County, was arrested at a home on West Little Richard Road in neighboring Humphreys County without incident.

He was booked into the Benton County jail where he is being held without bond.

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