Joseph Elijah Mouton, 6 Months: Baby Found Dead in Refrigerator, Bayou Body Count No. 54

A man who called 911 to say he was having suicidal thoughts is suspected of killing his infant son and putting him in the refrigerator, police say.

The body of Joseph Elijah Mouton, six months old, was found in the refrigerator in an apartment in the 7100 block of Beechnut about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Emergency personnel had been sent to the scene after the boy's father called to say he was considering suicide.

"When emergency personnel responded, they found the suspect unresponsive on the floor of his residence," HPD says. "Neighbors then expressed concern for the suspect's infant son."

The apartment was searched, and the awful discovery made. The suspect, who has not been named, remains hospitalized in Ben Taub. An autopsy is being done on the child.

The Houston Chronicle reports the child's mother was living in Clear Lake tending to a sick relative.


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