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CANDLER, NC (AP) — Buncombe County sheriff’s deputies have
arrested a 24-year-old Candler man on first-degree murder charges
in the beating death of a 4-year-old boy.

William Godfrey Emanuel Hedden was picked up around 8 p.m.

Sheriff Van Duncan says authorities are withholding the child’s
name until other family members are notified.

Deputies say a 911 dispatcher was called about 6 a.m. Tuesday
from the mother saying she woke up to find her son apparently
beaten to death. Paramedics tried to revive the child, but he was
pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors say the woman and her son had lived at Hilltop Mobile
Home Park there about four years.

Duncan described the injuries as blunt force trauma. The child’s
body has been sent for an autopsy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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