Man held in toddler death

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

UPDATE: Bond for Andrew Demond Owens was set at $1 million for the alleged depraved heart murder today. More as it is available.

TUPELO – A man accused of killing a 2-year-old on July 2 is in the Lee County jail.
Sheriff Jim Johnson said Andrew Demond Owens, 27, of Shannon was arrested late Tuesday.
Owens is charged with depraved heart murder in the death of Kamari Stoby, his girlfriend’s son. A warrant was issued for his arrest early Tuesday.
He remains in the Lee County jail awaiting an initial appearance that could happen sometime today.
According to an autopsy report, the child died as a result of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine-Green said the child’s injuries could not have happened by accident.
Depraved heart murder is defined as callous disregard for human life that results in death.
Johnson said the incident allegedly occurred July 2 at a home on County Road 300.
“The suspect was home with the child and two other children at the time of the incident,” said Johnson. “A call came in to 911 that a 2-year-old was unresponsive. The child was transported to the hospital and later died. After an investigation, it was determined that the cause of death was from trauma.”
The other children in the home were unharmed and were biological children of Owens, according to Johnson. The Mississippi Department of Human Services also is involved in the investigation.