Mobile child murder suspect released from jail on bond

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A man accused of beating and killing a 2-year-old because the child wouldn’t potty train has been released on bond.

Willie Burton was released from Metro Jail around 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

Burton allegedly killed his girlfriend’s toddler, Kye Freeman, in August 2018. An autopsy revealed the boy suffered brain hemorrhaging, a lacerated kidney, and his stomach was separated from his small intestines.

“Kye was innocent. everybody loved him. He smiled and hugged everybody. There wasn’t a bad bone in his body,” Freeman’s godmother Scarlett Rodriguez told News 5 on Thursday.

The boy’s family showed up to court as Burton and his attorney asked a judge to reduce his $250,000 bond, a request the judge denied.

On Friday, Burton was released after the $10,000 cash component of the bond was paid.

Burton is due back in court July 15.


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