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Pennsylvania boy, 9, is murdered and dumped under chair outside shortly after beating cancer


Pennsylvania boy, 9, is murdered and dumped under chair outside shortly after beating cancer, as youngster’s father is jailed ‘for attacking him last year’ and cops say there’s no danger to the community

  • Azuree Charles, 9, who was first reported missing, was found dead on Wednesday in a wooded area near Haser, Pennsylvania  
  • The boy’s father, Jean Charles, was taken into custody in connection with a different case stemming from charges of assault and child endangerment  
  •  Charles was was accused of punching his son in the eye, which resulted in bruising in a November 2021 incident
  • Investigators are now calling the boy’s death a homicide
  • person of interest had been identified in the boy’s murder, but has not been revealed yet 
  •  The youngster had been a cancer survivor 

A nine year-old boy who recently beat cancer was beaten to death and dumped outside under a chair, with cops arresting his dad over an assault on the youngster last year.  

Azuree Charles was first reported missing from his home in Haser, Pennsylvania, a little after 6 am on Wednesday.

The youngster’s remains were later found on Wednesday covered with a lawn chair in a wooded near Haser Street, police said.

Police picked up the boy’s father, Jean Charles, who had been on a warrant in connection with a different case stemming from charges of assault and child endangerment in a November 2021 incident.   

Azuree Charles, 9, was first reported missing from his home in Haser, Pennsylvania on Wednesday. His remains were found later that day covered with a lawn chair in a wooded near Haser Street, police said. The elementary grade student had beaten an unspecified form of pediatric cancer, and was described as a gentle child who was well-liked by locals

Police picked up the boy's father, Jean Charles, who had been on a warrant in connection with a different case stemming from charges of assault and child endangerment in a November 2021 incident. Charles was was accused of punching his son in the eye, which resulted in bruising on the boy's face. He was denied bail. Investigators are calling the boy's death a homicide.  A person of interest has been identified; however, police have not named any suspects or have said whether they are considering the boy's father as a suspect in the case

Police picked up the boy’s father, Jean Charles, who had been on a warrant in connection with a different case stemming from charges of assault and child endangerment in a November 2021 incident. Charles was was accused of punching his son in the eye, which resulted in bruising on the boy’s face. He was denied bail. Investigators are calling the boy’s death a homicide.  A person of interest has been identified; however, police have not named any suspects or have said whether they are considering the boy’s father as a suspect in the case

A photo of the outside of the home that Azuree lived near Haser, Street, Pennsylvania, that is now a crime scene. Police told neighbors, who felt uneasy about the safety of their own children, after the news of Charles death, that there was no threat to the community

A photo of the outside of the home that Azuree lived near Haser, Street, Pennsylvania, that is now a crime scene. Police told neighbors, who felt uneasy about the safety of their own children, after the news of Charles death, that there was no threat to the community 

Charles was was accused of punching his son in the eye, which resulted in bruising on the boy’s face, WPXI-TV News reported. 

He was denied ball, the news station said.   

Investigators are now calling the boy’s death a homicide. 

On Thursday, a person of interest had been identified, in the boy’s murder.

However, investigators have not named any suspects or have said whether they are considering the boy’s father as a suspect in the case.

They did say there is no further danger to the public from whoever they believe to have killed Azuree.

But investigators did not comment specifically on whether that’s because Azuree’s father Jean Charles is now behind bars. 

 ‘He did die at the hands of another person,” Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli said at a press conference on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Police told neighbors, who felt uneasy about the safety of their own children, after the news of Charles death, that there was no threat to the community.

Neighbors had organized a vigil to honor Azuree, who had three younger sisters,  in hopes of paying tribute to the youngsters short life and to help heal their own children traumatized by the tragedy. 

They say that he had recently beaten an unspecified form of pediatric cancer, and that Azuree was a gentle child who was well-liked by locals.  

The investigation is ongoing and is being handled by Westmoreland County Detective Bureau and the New Kensington Police Department.

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