A 3-year-old reportedly suffered an injury in a fall, but police say his mom caused his death

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Source: Sevier County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Mar. 11 2022, Published 11:17 a.m. ET

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A mom tried to say her 3-year-old child suffered fatal injuries in a fall, but police arrested her on suspicion of murder.

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On Jan. 1, the victim was taken to a Tennessee hospital by ambulance, according to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. That was after first responders were called to a home for an unresponsive child.

The child died about 10 days later.

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Investigators said the victim’s injuries were inflicted by his mom, Brenda Dawn Behunin, 33, and not as initially reported to investigators as a fall.

This week, deputies arrested Behunin on charges of first-degree felony murder, aggravated child abuse under 6 years old, first-degree murder and two counts of child neglect.

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She is being held in Sevier County jail on $1 million bond.

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Source: Sevier County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

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