Ohio woman charged in death of 4-year-old boy


The scene on Geers Avenue after a child was found unresponsive on May 26, 2021.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A 48-year-old Columbus woman was arrested on a charge of murder Thursday in connection with the death of a four-year-old boy.

Police took Michelle Hilyard into custody after the boy’s death in the 1000 block of Geers Avenue, according to information from a police media release.

Bryson Brown was found unresponsive in the home on May 26, at 5:08 a.m. Medics took him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he died from his injuries an hour later, the media release said.

The complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal Court alleges that a witness saw Hilyard strike the child with a board, knocking him down the stairs. The complaint alleges that the child died from blunt force trauma.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, is asked to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).

Hilyard has been booked in the Franklin County jail.

She’s due in court Saturday, according to booking records.

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