Wichita father charged with first-degree murder in death of infant son

Marlin Williams (Source: Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Wichita father is charged in the death of his two-month-old son.

Marlin Williams made his first appearance in a Sedgwick County Courtroom Wednesday afternoon. He's charged in the death of his infant son, Marrell.

The boy was found unresponsive on Jan. 10. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries and died from injuries a week later.

An investigation revealed the child had internal and previous injuries.

Williams is due back in court at the end of the month.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Wichita police say a two-month boy has died in a suspected child abuse case.

Police say Marrell Williams died Thursday from newer and older critical injuries.

The child's father, Marlin Williams, was arrested on three counts of aggravated battery in connection with the case. He faces additional charges in the death of his son.

Investigators say the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office for additional charges.

Update Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

A man arrested Friday, accused of abusing an infant, made his first appearance Tuesday in Sedgwick County District Court.

In that appearance, a judge formally charged 22-year-old Marlin Williams with three counts of aggravated battery.

Police and EMS responded Friday afternoon to a report of a child not breathing at a home in the 2800 block of South Emporia.

At a Wichita hospital, it was discovered the infant had previous injuries. An investigation found his twin sister also had a healing broken femur.


Wichita police arrested a 22-year-old man Friday afternoon for abusing a pair of twin babies.

Officers and EMS were called to a home in the 2800 block of S. Emporia around noon for a child not breathing.

Officers arrived to find a two-month-old boy not breathing and unresponsive. The boy was taken to an area hospital for treatment. There it was discovered the boy had critical internal injuries.

During a briefing Monday morning, Capt. Brent Allred, the WPD Persons Section Commander, said the boy had a healing broken clavicle.

"So, there's some previous injuries to the child, we believe," said Allred. "So, we're hoping and praying for the best for this young man and his sister that they come through this but it's very critical at this time.

Through their investigation, officers learned the boy had newer and older critical internal injuries and that his two-month-old twin sister had a healing broken femur.

Police arrested the children's father, Marlin Williams, on three counts of aggravated battery in connection with the case.

Both children remain hospitalized.

Two other children, ages one and two, were removed from the home and placed into protective custody.

Allred said the children's mother wasn't at home at the time. He said it does not appear that she was involved in the current abuse.

The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.