Father charged with murder in toddler’s death

A Morrow father, arrested Saturday for swinging his toddler around by the neck with a belt –– "like a rag doll" –– was charged with murder Wednesday after the boy died from his injuries.

A murder charge was filed against Ryan Russell Edwards, 34, in the death of Mikkah Brown, 1.

Mikkah was hospitalized Friday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. His mother, Toni Brown, decided Monday to take him off life support, because of the severity of his injuries.

Arrest warrants filed in Clayton Magistrate Court allege that the baby's brother, Malakai Brown, 12, came downstairs Jan. 26, between 10 p.m., and 11 p.m., for a drink of water and saw Edwards swinging the baby.

The older boy, reportedly, told police Edwards was swinging the toddler so high, the child's feet were hitting the ceiling. He told police he wanted to call his mother at work, but Edwards had the phone.

When the baby began vomiting and acting drowsy into the next day, police said, the couple took him to a satellite office of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

While in the waiting room, police said, Edwards "continuously" got in the way of personnel trying to help the baby.

Police said the baby suffered a skull fracture, subdural hemorrhage, and bruises to his chest and ribs.

Edwards reportedly told police that he "wrestled and play-boxed" with the baby. He also said he wrapped the child in a blue blanket, and slung him around the room.