ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis Metropolitan police officer is on administrative leave after authorities say he withheld critical evidence related to an investigation into the death of an 18-month-old child.
Marquell Jackson died May 25, 2011. He wasfound in a dumpster behind his mother's home in the 2300 block of South Jefferson after relatives reported him missing. He suffered at least three separate fatal injuries while in the care of his mother, including brain trauma, multiple bone fractures, a lacerated liver, ligature marks on his neck, and internal bleeding.
His mother, Melissa Shawneece Jackson, was charged with first-degree murder and felony abuse of a child resulting in death. Charges against herwere dropped earlier this week.
Schron Y. Jackson, public information manager for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, says one of the officers involved in the initial investigation did not relay critical information to homicide detectives. An Internal Affairs investigation has been launched.
Homicide detectives continue to work leads surrounding the case.
The name of the officer in question has not been released.