Prosecutor: Caregiver charged, Darnell Gray suffered blunt and sharp force trauma injuries

Quatavia Givens was charged with first-degree child abuse in connection with the death of Darnell Gray. (Cole County Jail/Darnell Gray family)

A probable cause document released Wednesday afternoon detailed why prosecutors charged Quatavia Givens with first-degree child abuse.

The document stated Darnell Gray suffered multiple injuries "caused by blunt force trauma and sharp force trauma" prior to his death.

Givens, 26, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of first-degree child abuse resulting in Darnell Gray's death; she was charged Wednesday.

Jefferson City police said they are "not ruling anyone out" in the death of 4-year-old Darnell Gray.

Lt. David Williams said Tuesday Gray did not die on "his own accord," and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation evidence team was assisting the Jefferson City Police Department in its investigation.

The boy's body was found by a law enforcement search team some time before 12 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the document, Givens reported the child was missing Thursday morning. She said either the child was abducted from a residence in the 1100 block of Buena Vista Street, or he had run away from the residence. She said she had just driven to her mother's residence across town and informed her the boy was missing.

Givens admitted Tuesday she knew the location of the boy's body, which was consistent with where it was found in the 2100 block of Louis Circle.

She told investigators she had inflicted injury by stating "I may have hit him wrong," the probable cause document stated. She told investigators during the investigation she was traveling to Florida to get out of the area. Online court records stated Givens does not have a bond.

The document can be seen below:

Editor's Note: The headline and story have been updated to reflect the latest information.

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