Murder trial underway for man accused of drowning adopted son in bathtub

Source: DeKalb County Police

The murder trial is underway against a DeKalb County man charged with drowning his 10 year-old adopted son in a bathtub in April of 2017.

Leon Williams Sr. is accused of drowning the boy in their Decatur apartment on April 28, 2017.

According to the investigation, neighbors saw Williams threatening and yelling at his adopted son, Kentae, while dragging him by the neck into their apartment home.

He allegedly proceeded to beat the child and ran hot water over his feet, causing second degree burns. He then submerged his head in water causing unconsciousness.

Emergency crews were called and Kentae was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

A witness told police she overheard Williams telling his son earlier in the day that "You are going to die tonight".

"The criminal background checks that are done. The interviews that we have, not only with the parents but the references and things that we check, there was no indication that something of this magnitude leading to Kentae's death would happen," DFCS employee Virginia Pryor told CBS46 News.

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