Jean Charles of Brackenridge, Pennsylvania has now been arrested and charged with homicide in the death of his 9-year-old son, Azuree Charles. Azuree Charles was found dead May 4, 2022, police said. Jean Charles was arrested September 21, 2022, and denied bail in the case.

Charles is charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse, unlawful restraint of a minor by a parent, strangulation, concealing the death of a child and tampering with physical evidence, according to the docket sheet filed in his case. Charles, 40, was arrested by the New Kensington Police Department in Westmoreland County and arraigned on his charges before Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr., who denied bail in his case due to the homicide charge, court documents show. He is lodged in Westmoreland County Jail.

An attorney is not listed for Charles, but court documents show he has not requested a public defender. His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 12, 2022.

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