A two-year-old boy who died on April 21 from injuries allegedly inflicted by his guardian will be laid to rest in Bay St. Louis next week.
Tyler Michael Haws' guardians took him to Children's Hospital of Alabama at Birmingham on April 17, suffering from "unexplained injuries," according to police and media reports.
Hospital social workers called the police, saying that Tyler was bleeding from the brain and most likely would not survive. They determined he had been "abused and shaken," according to police.
He reportedly had brain bleeds, a punctured lung and bruising to his body.
Tyler was taken off of life support on Easter Sunday.
Tyler had been living in Leeds, Ala., near Birmingham, with Jason Daniel Sparks, who had volunteered to take care of the young boy while his father recuperated from an undisclosed illness.
Officers of the Leeds Police Department arrested Sparks on April 24, charging him with murder and aggravated child abuse. He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail in Alabama, in lieu of $130,000 in bonds.
"Tyler was the sweetest, happiest, smartest, most innocent little boy in the entire world," his uncle Ryan Haws said in a Facebook post after the boy's death. "I always bragged about how well behaved he was. He had a very bright future ahead. He loved dancing to his cartoons and gently/cautiously inspecting his toys like a little engineer. Jason Sparks took that away from him."
Visitation for Tyler will be Tuesday, May 7, at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis from noon until 2 p.m. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery also in Bay St. Louis.