Mom charged with murder of infant son found dead in Charlotte cemetery

Body of missing 6-month-old boy found in southeast Charlotte cemetery, police say

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a mother for the murder of her 6-month-old son, who disappeared in February and triggered a statewide Amber Alert. The baby’s body was then found days later in a Charlotte cemetery.

Tamara Brown, 30, was charged Friday with the murder of Chi-Liam Brown-Erickson.

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Authorities said Chi-Liam and Brown were first reported missing from the Gander Cove Lane area in Matthews around 10 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Brown may have also faced mental health challenges, according to police.

Police found Brown around 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, but her son was not with her. CMPD arrested Brown on Galleria Boulevard in southeast Charlotte for robbery and assaulting government employees.

Brown was accused of taking a man’s iPhone and then, assaulting him as well as the two officers who arrested her.

She was last seen with her baby around noon that day in uptown Charlotte, but there had been no sign of him since and police said she was refusing to say where he was.

Matthews police said they worked with CMPD and the Union County Sheriff’s Office Bloodhound Unit in order to use every resource possible to find the baby.

“When it comes to a child, everybody gets, even though it’s not your child, you still get worried,” said one Charlotte resident.

Officers responded to Sharon Memorial Park on Monroe Road just after 4 a.m. Feb. 22 and found a dead infant, who was later identified as Chi-Liam.

Authorities have not said how the baby died.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with for more information.

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