Man charged with murder in fatal shooting of 10-month-old boy

- A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 10-month-old baby boy at a southwest Houston apartment complex on June 14. According to court documents, Jared Alexander Balogun has been charged with capital murder for the death of 10-month-old Messiah Marshall.

Police say the father was taking out the trash with his son when three unknown male suspects approached. They said one of the suspects open fire, killing the baby boy. Police say the 10-month-old victim, Messiah Marshall, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police released this statement about the arrest:

Charges have been filed against one suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a baby boy at 5400 Braes Valley about 1:30 p.m. on June 14.

The suspect, Jared Alexander Balogun (b/m, 24), is charged with capital murder in the 184th State District Court.  A photo of Balogun is attached to this news release.

Two other suspects are wanted in the killing of baby Messiah Marshall, 10 months old.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Senior Police Officer J. Roscoe reported:

A male, 22, stated he was taking out his trash and helping his infant son, Messiah, walk when three unknown black male suspects approached him.  When one of the suspects started shooting, the man grabbed his son and began running.  The child was struck.  His father flagged down an officer and paramedics were called.  Messiah was pronounced dead at the scene.

Further investigation led to the identity of Jared Balogun as one of the three suspects in this case.  Balogun was arrested on Monday (June 19) and subsequently charged.

Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of any other suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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