Knoxville man accused of killing 5 year-old charged with murder

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The man who reportedly admitted to shoving a five year-old boy and smashing his head against a bathtub several times is now facing a more severe charges.

According to the Knox Co. Sheriff's Dept., Tyrail Cooke is charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Child Abuse, and Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was originally charged with charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, Simple Possession, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

According to the police report, Cooke confessed to shoving Robert Reyes into a TV stand where the boy hit his head twice before hitting the ground. Cooke then threw the five-year old to the ground from shoulder height and said he hit Reyes' head against the bathtub several more times. Reyes died several hours later.

By that point, Cooke told police Reyes appeared "lifeless" and was "gasping for air." Police said the boy suffered severe head trauma and bruising on various parts of his body.

The 23 year-old was living with the boy's mother, Amy Reyes, at the time of the incident.

Reyes said her other children, ages 6 and 4, watched in horror as it happened.

"They saw heir brother get murdered. They saw it all. What kind of monster does that?" she said.


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