Body found in Memphis is that of missing boy

Maurice Brown Jr. (Commercial Appeal)

Maurice Brown Jr. (Commercial Appeal)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis police say the body of a child found in a large trash bin is a 3-year-old boy who had been missing for two days.

Police Director Toney Armstrong said Tuesday night authorities have identified the body of Maurice Brown Jr., who was reported missing by his father on Sunday night.

The body was found more than a mile from where the boy had been staying with his father, Maurice Brown Sr.

The father told police he had fallen asleep for about 1 1/2 hours Sunday night, then awakened to find a door open and his son missing.

But a witness said he saw the man leave his apartment with a child's body draped over his shoulder. Maurice Brown Sr. has been charged with child neglect or endangerment.

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