Man accused of killing 6-year-old stepson faces new charges after murder case dropped

Man accused of killing 6-year-old stepson faces new charges after murder case dropped

A Kalamazoo District Court judge dismisses murder charges against Latravion Heard-McMillon, who was accused of killing his 6-year-old son. (WWMT/Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WWMT) — New charges have been authorized against a man accused of killing his 6-year-old stepson. The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office filed involuntary homicide-manslaughter and third-degree child abuse charges against Latravion Heard-McMillon, after a district judge dismissed a murder charge against him last week.

Heard-McMillon’s stepson Jaylen Worthington, 6, died Dec. 23, 2020. A medical examiner for the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine testified Worthington’s death, which the examiner ruled a homicide, was the result of multiple injuries to the child’s head and brain.

A warrant was issued for Heard-McMillon on Christmas Eve in 2020.

Heard-McMillon was on the run for nearly a month before he was arrested on murder charges Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.