A US Army Soldier is facing serious legal repercussions after his attempts to correct the behavior of his girlfriend’s five-year-old son resulted in the boy’s death.
Sergeant First Class Bryan Starr, a 35-year-old who currently serves at Fort Benning, GA, is facing a murder charge for the death of his girlfriend’s son, Austin Birdseye.
During a Monday press conference by Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, it was revealed that the SFC has instructed the lad to get out of the car in adverse conditions following unruly behavior.
Within a short time, Starr lost sight of Birdseye and soon found that he had been hit by a car.
“We have their information, and we’ve spoken to them, and will speak to them again, but at this point, there’s no indication that they had any chance of not hitting the little guy,” Taylor said.
The incident took place on Sunday night.
According to the Ledger-Enquirer, state troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will conduct the accident investigation as the sheriff’s office handles the murder case.
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