Three-year-old’s death linked to blunt force trauma; drugs found during search

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Submitted: Thu, 03/08/2012 - 2:59am
Updated: Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:22pm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A three-year-old is dead, and tonight we’re learning more about what happened. Last week, Jaronn McAllister II was pronounced dead at Brunswick Novant Medical Center. Search warrants obtained by WWAY paint a picture of chaos leading up to a police chase through Brunswick County.

According to a search warrant, a preliminary autopsy says McAllister was killed by internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt force trauma. But how did the three-year-old receive his injuries? The affidavit explains the situation that may have led up to the child’s death.

Candice Young told investigators that Montey Murray was babysitting her son, Jaronn, Febuary 29th while she was at work. The warrant says Murray and another man, Jessie Holt, were at Young’s apartment in Shallotte that night, watching the boy. Murray said he went to bed and Jaronn was fine, then woke up the next morning and found the boy laying on the living room floor, hot to the touch. Holt says Jaronn was up throughout the night but he never knew he was sick.

According to the warrant, after Murray tried to cool Jaronn down with a damp washcloth and a cool bath, he said he needed to borrow a car to take the child to the hospital. A neighbor drove them to Brunswick Novant. The warrant says during the drive, Murray said “if you pump his stomach he will be OK.”

Fifteen minutes after Jaronn arrived at the hospital, he was pronounced dead. That’s when Murray left, reportedly punching walls on his way out, and later led police on a chase.

A number of items were collected from the Shallotte apartment during the search. The most notable: two plastic bags full of white powder, two bottles of prescription drugs, a wash cloth covered in vomit, and five bags of marijuana, found in the little boy’s room, as well as multiple blood samples collected around the apartment.

An official autopsy and toxicology report could take up to eight weeks to get back from the state. Jaronn’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Leland.

Murray is still in jail under $1 million secured bond.


  • James Marks says:

    This “mother” should be sent to prison along with her boyfriend. What kind of mother leaves her sick baby at home with known drug dealers? How can you people even live with yourselves after defending a person like this? Are you all that jaded and flippant about your duties as parents that you would have done the same?

    I am shocked and appalled that so many of you are more worried about protecting your friend than you are about this baby’s life. You seem to be more worried about the fact that they had to “pay” for the funeral than the fact that Jarron is gone.

  • chunt says:

    the mother does deserve and will get jail time. montey will get jail time. mothers can no longer just leave their children with just anybody anymore. when something bad happens to that child-it all go back to mama left him there alone with a dopehead.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You tell us to get our facts straight, well they are pretty simple facts. I will help you out with them.
    FACT the sorry mother left her sick three year old son with a druggie and his thug druggie friend.
    FACT the three year old was killed by blunt force trauma.
    FACT the thug boyfriend dumped the kid at the hospital and then ran from the law.
    FACT the sorry mother was an adult and KNEW who she was dating and KNEW what he was all about.
    By the way genius, when you call people stupid, morons, and dumbasses you are judging them also. If it’s okay for you to judge, it is okay for us to judge. So please stick another crack pipe in those lips and keep them closed.

  • Tia I am says:

    omgosh. I cant beleive what u ppl r saying. The mother wasnt home but so what. U guys have no rigjt too judge anybody. Im sure yes every one is intitled to their own opinion but if you dont know the whole situation just dont say nothing. What of it was one of your friends or family? Everyone is bashing the mother and the perp but how bout try being their for the mother like you would want someone to be there for you in your time of need. Im just saying

  • Guest0506 says:

    Everyone that has something negative to say about the Mother needs to shut their mouth… She was working dumbasses.. she wasn’t there. Yall don’t know her so don’t judge. Yall sound like Morans who have nothing better in life but to sit on yall’s asses and start negative forums about something/people you have no idea about. I went to school with her and she was honor roll student and a fantastic mother. She works at the hospital…what does that mean smart assess?? They do/require drug screenings….hellloooo…if she was apart of the drugs would she have a job…No. Jerron was a happy kid, very evident. Get your facts straight before running those worthless chops. Also remember, We all have to face the man upstairs one day, and he does not like people who judge others.

    No mother or father ever plans on planning a funeral especially a handsome/happy 3 year old. It would be worth it to think before you post negative about someone you have no clue about. Nobody in the media or sheriffs department has not mentioned anything about her being involved.

    You negative posters better hope you don’t have kids or grandkids bc karma sucks. You have no heart if all you can most is negative post. That’s by far what the parents or family would want to read.

  • Guest123 says:

    yall need to shut up about candce because she didnt know this would happen to her child r.i.p jaroon love you alwyas cuzin and montey go rot in jail where u belong

  • Guest12 says:

    keep yo mouth shut about her like foreal minfd yall buisness this has nothing to do with yall.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    So many of the Mothers illiterate friends/family on here defending her, why weren’t any of you watching the baby instead of the drug dealers? Yeah Ok then.

  • Vicky says:


  • Sabrina Eckels says:

    You may know him, but you must have common sense also. A child is DEAD! regardless of how long you have known him, there was only TWO people in that house.. TWO!!! & common sense tells you that for a child to have over 40 bruises on his body from head to toe & be of his age & size, there is no way he didnt scream his head off.. & unless they live in a mansion, how is it possible that all of that went on without either men hearing what was happening.. Even if Montey wasnt the one who laid his hands on this child, is it honestly reasonable to say that he didnt hear anything! His story of just sleeping through everything doesnt make sense… Those who support him are just ridiculous, because regardless of what, this child suffered horrendously in the time before his death, And for Montey to say that he woke up and saw bruises on his stomach & then went back to sleep, makes no sense at all! NONE! The fact that he got out of bed, means that he wasn’t in a DEEP sleep, which common sense would tell you that there is no way he couldn’t have heard the abuse this little boy suffered.. Not to mention running away from the police, if he really had awakened to the little boy on the floor, he would have never fled the way he did.. A guilty dog will bark.. BOTH men should be charged with CAPITAL MURDER, because the same goes with the Jessie Holt, there is no way he slept through all the abuse this little boy suffered.. NO WAY!! I have a 4 year old, & I know the loudness of their voice, Someone heard him scream!! Right is right & wrong is wrong. This child is DEAD! I hope those responsible suffer the worst punishment, the law allows! not to mention the punishment they will suffer from GOD!!

  • t says:

    To all those who had something negative to say about this death let me clear this up. This is my family that you all are talking about and i dont appreciate all the negative comments you said about Candace. Keep the comments and etc to yourself. She dont deserve time and etc all the other nonesense people said You all dont know anything about here nor what happened so yal can keep your mouth shut and mind yall business. I JUST WISH ALL YALL CAN MIND YALL OWN AND LET MY FAMILY HANDLE THIS. DONT BASH MY FAMILY LIKE THIS BECAUSE YALL ARE OUTSIDERS LOOKING IN. THANKS!

  • She is so smart that is why she ran around with drug dealers and criminals! She changed since high school! She will pay for her part in it….

  • guest8384 says:

    This lady should be held accountable for her actions!!!! there were drugs found in the home! her home!!!!! her child was sick! who leaves there kid home sick and goes to work without trying to do something!!! and she left her kids with a obviously drug dealers~! come on people! I know a couple people that know her are trying to take up for her! yes I understand she wasnt there and doesnt know what happened, but she is the mother! she is at fault 100%~! she deserves JAIL TIME!

  • crazy says:

    Why don’t you or the mother rot in jail. If Montey or the other guy that was with him did it they would’ve been charged with it dummy. Everybody and CANDICE know damn well he didn’t do anything to lil man. Why didn’t she take him to whoever keeps him when she goes to work any other time? Has she ever left him to babysit him any other time??? No….so be real before u come out your mouth stupid. She should’ve stayed home with him…she could’ve done something to him before they got there and didn’t realize it would turn out like this. Grow up…that boy looked up to him as a father and she knows that also….

  • A Friend says:

    I have known Montey for years now and I knew his kids. He would NEVER intentionally hurt ANY child like that. Whatever happened was 99.9999999% out of his control. Nobody will ever know what REALLY happened to the boy, but nobody needs to speculate and throw blame around. In the report it said he left the hospital “Punching walls on his way out” obviousely showing that he was severely sad/angry at the whole situation. The report also says he walked out, NOT RUN. He wasn’t trying to run away, he was simply leaving thinking he did all he could do at the moment seeing as he just handed the child over at the hospital. MONTEY MURRAY is a good man and doesn’t deserve all this negative criticism. If you don’t know him personally, don’t talk dirty about him. I would bet my life that he is not to blame for the death of this child.


    PS.– Just because he has past charges doesn’t mean anything. HE DID HIS TIME FOR THAT! YEARS AND YEARS! That’s in the past, so forget it. He’s truly and honestly a great, loving, and kind man.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    Well, we all know that consuming drugs doesn’t cause blunt force trauma and internal bleeding. This little boy was HIT very hard by an adult….. probably for touching/spilling the adults drugs.

    Amazes me that a MOTHER would have drugs in her childs room AND put her baby in care of these BUMS !! Why do these people keep having children???? Poor little child never had a chance.

  • Why assume? says:

    You should feel really stupid making assumptions when you don’t know anything about the situation. you would feel really stupid if you knew what actually did happen. So keep your nosey comments to yourself unless your bold enough to meet me somewhere and tell me in person what u think about the mother! Whats your address you nosey pos??!!! I’ll come see u

  • just saying says:

    Its starting to sound like this child got into drugs ,and the guys that were watching him were trying to make him throw up any way thaey could,As far as the weed found in his room ,mom needs to be checked on ,cant see the mom not knowing the drugs were there.

  • concerned for j says:

    seriously! what kind of judgmental idiot are you?!?!?!?! the mother worked 3rd shift. if you would read all reports on this case even you could figure that out. i hope to god you never have to one: lose a child and two: be put in a position where scrutiny and false assumptions are placed upon you. this mother is a wonderful person who spoke of how much she loved her son daily. of course, you don’t want to hear that. you just want to remain busy making false accusations that you have absolutely no clue as to if they are true or not. that equals ignorance. this mother worked hard! she was at work when all this happened to her baby. the horrible things all of you are saying about her pales in comparison to the personal hell i’m sure she puts her own self through daily. you are being ugly and god does not like ugly! of course, keep up with what you’re doing and i am sure you will figure that out in your own way. god will make sure…

  • Serious says:

    Serious what mother knowing her child is burning hot over night would wake up and go to work really who would do that? high fever’s are a huge red flag to every and any real parent you don’t wait til the next day to get your child help if she were a real mother she would have taken the baby to the hospital that night may be she was too high to care………..

  • OK….so why isn’t the mother in jail too? Her home, her son’s room, her drugs! She had something to do with the death of her child! She needs to pay the price for what happened to Jaronn.

  • t says:

    no she did not have anything to do with it. you really need to watch your mouth because you dont know anything. leave my family alone and tend to yours. none of you outsiders dont know nothing. keep yo lips closed.

  • anne says:

    Surprised? No. From the news accounts, this seemed the way it would go. Can’t imagine what the little boy went through, and we will probably never know the whole story, but this mother will live the rest of her life knowing she left her son with a drug dealer and now her son is dead.

    Nothing can touch the little boy, but sure hope the wheels of justice can do something with the criminal(s) involved. When it all comes down to the end, the mother was probably more involved than is known yet. If she is charged with anything, it should at least be negligence.

  • lovingme03 says:

    You can not assume that this mother had anything to do with her sons death. She left him under this young mans care so she had to trust him with her child. When she left her home that left the opportunity for anything to happen if he invited a friend over this could have been the friends drugs. I know that she would not have had drugs around a child this young. Just because there were drugs in the house does not mean they were hers she left her home and there were two other people there whom the drugs could have belonged to so do not assume she is a bad other and she needs to be looked into. I do not know her but I do know people that know her and they speak highly of her and that she is a good mother. So people stop with the assuming because you can not judge her from what has happen. She had to bury her child the omly child she had and you all are making it out to be that she is and maybe someone she is not. Only God can judge and only God, these two men and this lil angel knows what happen so in due time the truth will be told!!!

  • just saying says:

    Just saying Good Moms dont hang out with or leave their children with known drug dealers.If you dont know her than you dont know what she might do.Yes I feel bad ,I mean come on she just lost her child,anyone with a heart would feel bad.Maybe this could be a wake up for all the moms out there ,hanging out with and having their children around people and drugs.My heart broke when I heard the news.Moms remember ONCE YOU BECOME A MOM ITS ALL ABOUT THE CHILD!Its your job to keep them safe and away from harm.

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  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Of course the mother knew that drugs were in the house. Of course she knew the type of boyfriend she had. The friend brought the drugs over? Really? That is the best you can come up with? They are scum. End of story.

  • Circle K says:

    This morning I thought the news said the bags with white residue were empty when the apartmet was searched, implying that the boy had ate the contents. Did I misunderstand the facts?

  • Tired of the stupid comments says:

    I am very disappointed in all the comments I have read. One person had sense enough to acknowledge that a momma has lost her only child and sure enough who have to suffer for the rest of her life. It’s not easy, I’m sure, to deal with the lost of a child. No one can point fingers as to who did what. She thought she could trust a friend to watch her son while she went to work and make a living. How do you know that the guest or boyfriend could not have put the drugs in the room to hide them or brought them in once she left. We all dont know what happen that night and really it’s not our business. I dont believe Guest 888, idjones, or anyone else had to pay for a funeral or go home tonight and deal with the loss of this little angel. Stop being judgemental and pray for the families of all that are suffering: the mother, father, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, and so forth. No one judged that white chick when she drove her kids off the bridge to get a peter! Stop it Stop it Stop it! And just pray as I will for you

  • Guest 888 says:

    Who’d a thunk it would have turned out this way. Poor baby never had a chance, so I hope the pos’s don’t get one either. God bless and keep this baby and so many others that we havent found out about ….yet ! Oh and BTW, let’s don’t leave Momma out either, not just yet. Fleas and dogs ya know, laying down with them you play stupid and you get what you get.!

  • Das Weibstück says:

    You are the one that would feel really stupid with a 357 shoved in your face at my door. Do tell wise one how the baby had internal bleeding? Do tell why his p.o.s mother left him with druggies, seems you are the know it all.

  • Race has nothing to do with it says:

    1St thing,race has nothing to do with it.The white chick as you called her was a flat out killer.We might not know what happened ,what we do know is a child has lost his life,because of three grown people doing and making bad choices.The mom may not be on drugs,but dont try and tell us she hung around Known DRUG DEALERS and was unaware drugs were in her home.come on,wake up! .Its up to you,as to what and who your children are around.If I am not mistaken the one guy was the moms boyfriend,so cut the ,SHE DIDNT KNOW crap.

  • Jim Pope says:

    It is very disturbing to me to see that some people are so quick to defend the mother knowing that all of the facts are not in and others are quick to condemn the mother for the same reason. The only innocent victim in this whole scenario is the child. My heart goes out to the family, but how many times must this type of story play out over and over again. Some Young, attractive girls seek out and are sought out by drug dealers because of the fast money. Jail is not a deterrent, nor is the possibility of losing what is most dear to us.Two cannot walk together unless they agree. Drugs, drug dealers, and children do not mix. How long will we as a people continue to make bad choices and shirk our responsibility. The most important job for any mother or father is to raise our children right and to keep them safe. Please pray for this family, and for each other, God Bless.

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