Prosecutor: Jefferson City boy died from suffocation

September 4, 2021 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 4-year-old Jefferson City boy will remain in jail without bond while awaiting trial.

Cole County Circuit Judge Cotton Walker on Friday denied a request for bond for Quatavia Givens, who is charged in the death of 4-year-old Darnell Gray.

Givens pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree murder, child abuse, child endangerment and abandoning a corpse.

A grand jury indictment released Friday said Darnell died by suffocation, KMIZ-TV reported. Authorities have also said he suffered blunt force trauma before his death.

Prosecuting Attorney Locke Thompson said the suffocation information was based on new evidence.


Givens reported the boy missing on Oct. 25, 2018, and told authorities he might have been abducted, prompting several searches before his body was found about a week later.

Givens was initially charged with second-degree murder and had been out on bond. She was arrested in St. Charles after charges were upgraded in August.