Bond Set for Man Charged in Son’s Death

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(William Sheppard, pictured front, in court on Dec. 30, 2013 on felony child endangering charges.)

(William Sheppard, pictured front, in court on Dec. 30, 2013 on felony child endangering charges.)

(William Sheppard, pictured front, in court on Dec. 30, 2013 on felony child endangering charges.)

CLEVELAND — Bond was set at $1 million for a man charged with felony child endangering in the death of his 3-year-old son.

William Sheppard, 26, was in court Monday at 8:30 a.m.

No plea was entered.

Homicide detectives from the Cleveland Division of Police arrested Sheppard after an investigation Friday night at a home on the 3000 block of Project Avenue.

Bryson Marshall was found dead at 7:40 p.m. when authorities arrived at the home.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office released the cause and manner of Marshall’s death Monday, just hours after Sheppard’s court appearance.

He died of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, trunk and extremities.  The death was ruled a homicide.

People who live nearby are sickened over what happened. They remember seeing Bryson play outside with other kids at the home and can’t believe such a young life was cut short.

“I mean, my kids play with his kids, my daughter played with his son,” said neighbor, Erick Houston.  “Everyday I would see him with his son, getting him from day care, taking care of his kids and washing clothes– he was going to work, doing the same thing I do, he was no bad dude.”

Sheppard’s first pretrial is set for Jan. 6.

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5 comments

  • blt

    @Ace. Strange how you would say that considering a white guy not to long ago killed a little girl and threw her body in a dumpster. So Merry Christmas from the trailor park.

    • SoSueMe

      Deflect all you want. But the fact is more crime and murders are done in the “ghetto”. Research it, it’s a fact.

  • blt

    @Ace. I did forget to type that the man was 24 year old Jerrod Metsker of Smithville and the little girl was 9. Remember that story? So before you start with your hatred, remember that a crime is a crime no matter where you come from and who you are.

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