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Monday, March 29, 2021 10:00a.m. UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A man accused of beating a 7- year-old boy to death and attacking his mother was scheduled for a court appearance Monday, March 29, 2021.

Rashad Thompson is charged with the murder of Tre’shaun Brown and the stabbing of Felicia Brown. It happened in Beckley almost two weeks ago. Thompson was scheduled for his preliminary hearing in front of Magistrate Charles Humphrey; however, he waived the hearing and his case will be heard by the grand jury.


Friday, March 19, 2021 3:00p.m. UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A woman who authorities believed was stabbed by Rashad Thompson is recovering in the hospital.

Beckley Police released the identify of both victims. Felicia Brown is the girlfriend of suspect, Rashad Thompson. She is also the mother of the 7-year-old victim, Tre’shaun Brown.

“It appears that the mother and the suspect in this case were involved in a relationship. It appears obviously that is her son but it does not appear he was related to the suspect,” said Detective Sgt. Morgan Bragg with the Beckley Police Department.

Police said Thompson beat Tre’shaun to death. Felicia Brown was stabbed and underwent multiple surgeries but is now in stable condition. Police released the new details now that Brown is recovering in the hospital and was made aware of the death of her son.

We’ve learned more about the timeline of the events that happened that morning. Police say an argument lead to the stabbing of Felicia . She then ran to her neighbor’s apartment to call for help. While she was away, Police say Thompson beat her son to death.

According to the police report, Thompson said to police, “I just lost it.”

“It was a particularly bad scene, because of the juvenile involved, 7-years-old is tragic incident in any circumstance,” Bragg said.

Investigators also said a 2-year-old was in the home at the time of the crime but she was unharmed in the attack. Thompson is the biological father of the 2-year-old and has zero relation to the 7-year-old victim.

Police say this is unfortunately the most tragic ending to a domestic violence situation. That’s why they say it’s so vital to raise awareness. Putting a stop to this type of situations could save lives.

“We basically avoid this situation by taking care of things early on. But it’s not always possible and it’s not always easy. That’s why we encourage people if you see victims of domestic violence to report that and let us know about it,” Bragg said.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A man is facing multiple charges after investigators said he killed a young boy and stabbed a woman in Beckley.

Beckley Police were called to the Lewis Ritchie Apartments on Industrial Drive at 2:35 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 2021. Officers said they found a 7-year-old boy dead at the scene and a 24-year-old woman with apparent stab wounds. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Investigators said she is in critical condition. The names of the victims were not released.

Rashad Akeem Thompson, 34, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, Child Abuse Resulting in Death, and Malicious Wounding. Thompson is in jail with no bond.

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