A man who triggered an Amber Alert in Philadelphia as police searched for his 3-year-old son has now been charged with murdering the boy’s mother and grandmother.
Byron McDonald, 25, first shot to death Tamara Aikens, 50, on April 9 in a drive-by, before police found 25-year-old Morgan Braxton, Aikens’ daughter and the mother of McDonald’s son, also shot to death inside her Hunting Park home on April 12, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
McDonald was driving Braxton’s car when he drove by her mother’s home in North Philadelphia and fired multiple shots, the DA’s office said. On April 11, a missing persons report was filed for Braxton, and a day after that, after a family member told police they feared for Braxton’s safety because of her relationship with McDonald, police went inside and found her dead with gunshots to her head, prosecutors said.
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Police then issued an Amber Alert for the couple’s child.
Investigators later found McDonald's car near the Aloft Philadelphia Airport Hotel along the 4300 block of Island Avenue and smashed a window to search for clues. A SWAT Team, police and firefighters gathered around the hotel as a barricade situation was declared.
Police searched the hotel and found McDonald, his son and McDonald’s mother inside a room on the fifth floor.
The boy was unharmed and McDonald was taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. Neither McDonald nor the woman were injured, police said. The child was later placed with a family member.
McDonald was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy. A message to his lawyer was not immediately returned.