Four Year Old Boy Dies, Father Booked on Murder Charge

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May 04, 2023 09:03


A four-year-old boy died after suffering suspicious injuries, and his father has been arrested on a murder charge.

On Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 12:32p.m., East Precinct officers responded to an emergency call to assist paramedics in the 6400 block of Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in the Piedmont Neighborhood. The young child had suffered significant trauma and was unconscious. He was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where, despite lifesaving efforts by medical staff, he died of his injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team (CAT) and Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

The child’s father, Marquavious D. Ware, 19, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jeff Sharp or 503-823-9773, or Detective Mike Jones at or 503-823-0405, and reference case number 23-114972.

The medical examiner will confirm the child’s identity and determine cause and manner of his death.



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