Hayden Messiah Eldridge
December 9, 2013 - January 23, 2015
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Hayden Messiah Eldridge died on January 23, 2015. Doing a search for information has brought up very little. I am shocked that it has taken well over a year for anyone to be arrested for this child's death.

In February of 2016, Wayne D. Jones, who was 27 years old, was indicted on charges of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. Miranda Alexis Hunt was the 26 year old mother of Hayden and she was indicted on charges of first degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated child neglect and aggravated child endangerment. Wayne was being held in a jail in Mississippi while waiting for extradition to Tennessee. This couple tried to say that Hayden had died from an allergic reaction to shrimp that he had eaten.

Hakeem Eldridge is the father of Hayden and he had split from Miranda before Hayden died. Reports said that Hakeem adored Hayden and at one point he made a video of the time they had spent together:

"I put that together just in memory of him"



In the indictment, authorities stated that they believed Hayden had been being abused since at least the beginning of August, four months before he would die. Hakeem told authorities that he never saw any signs of abuse on his son, though the relationship he had with Miranda began to go down hill just a few months before his death:

"Some day I blame myself. I have my good days and my bad days.
I look back and I wish I could have changed certain stuff. It's frustrating"

It was confirmed that the Department Of Children's Services had been involved in the lives of this family, though details were not known at the time, it was believed to be related to children that Miranda had from a previous relationship. Hakeem said he heard detectives at the hospital talking about the situation:

"It'd been reports, prior reports, that signs of abuse or something
at the house. Yeah, I was surprised a little bit"

"They pronounced him passed away, deceased on January 23, it was a Friday
.
I keep him with me. Even though he's not here with me physically, I keep his stuff
he had or toys or something around. I didn't think it was the shrimp, I knew it
wasn't the shrimp at all. "




Hakeem said that with the indictments, he wasn't going to say that he was happy because more than one life had been lost over some ignorance and that everything he had been doing since that day, was geared towards keeping a promise he made to Hayden:

"I promised him at the hospital, even though I never got to see him open his eyes,
that I would let the world know about my son and what a hero he is to 3 more individuals"


Hakeem started selling wristbands and set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for funeral cost.
Hakeem is still mourning the death of Hayden and says he gets by one day at a time, he had called Hayden his little side kick. Three other people were given the gift of life when Hayden's organs were donated. One of the families who were helped wanted to meet with Hakeem and he was looking forward to meeting them.

This story began when a call went out for a child who was unresponsive. Hayden arrived at Vanderbilt Medical University Center on January 21, 2015. Police were told that Hayden had been being taken care of by Wayne and that Wayne said he had been eating shrimp and had an allergic reaction.

I have to say that it still NEVER shocks me when I see people try to lie to cover up obvious abuse. There are stories in the news almost on a daily basis that tell of the abuse children suffer and how their abusers try to cover it up by saying they fell, or they wrecked on their bike, all these stupid stories. In the news they always find out in the end that the child was abused and the injuries do not look like injuries related to the stories that are given.

Hayden's case was no different than hundreds of other children. The abuse suffered by this precious little boy was obvious to the the Doctors who found Hayden had a brain injury, that doesn't usually happen from an allergic reaction. Hayden also had retinal hemorrhaging which would later be found to be caused by blunt force trauma, another injury that isn't common with an allergic reaction.

Sarah Bruner, a Youth Services Detective, was the lead investigator on Hayden's case and she found a pattern of abuse had existed before his death. Results from her investigation were sent to the District Attorney for a review and possible prosecution.

 



OBITUARY:

Hayden M. Eldridge
Nashville, TN


1 year old, passed away January 23, 2015.

Survived by parents, Miranda Hunt & Hakeem Eldridge; brothers, Ivyon & Ilijah Goff; grandparents, Tara Collier, Robert Eldridge, Veronica Parker & Marion Hunt, Sr.; a host of aunts, uncles & cousins.

Viewing Friday, 12-6 p.m., at the funeral home.

Visitation Saturday, 9-10 a.m., with funeral to follow at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Herman St. Rev. Percy Clark, Pastor.

Terrell Broady Funeral Home, (615) 244-4755

Published in the Tennessean on Jan. 30, 2015
www.legacy.com/obituaries/tennessean



I found the following information about Wayne at the Davidson's County Sheriffs Office Active Inmate Search:

JONES, WAYNE D

3/11/2016 4:50:23 PM3/11/2016 4:50:23 PM3/11/2016 5:01:50 PM3/11/2016 8:21:12 PM

Active Charges (6) & Sentencing

Charge 1

Arrested Charge

MURDER, 1ST DEGREE 
Felony

Convicted Charge
Warrant - GJ63410

Disposition:

Status of Charge
Awaiting Trial

Bond
$250,000.00
Charge 2

Arrested Charge
CHILD ABUSE, CHILD 8 OR LESS
Felony

Convicted Charge
Warrant - GJ63414

Disposition:

Status of Charge
Awaiting Trial

Bond
$250,000.00
Charge 3

Arrested Charge
CHILD NEGLECT, CHILD 8 OR LESS
Felony

Convicted Charge
Warrant - GJ63415


Disposition:

Status of Charge
Awaiting Trial

Bond
$250,000.00
Charge 4

Arrested Charge
CHILD NEGLECT, AGGRAVATED, CHILD 8 OR LESS OR DISABLED 
Felony

Convicted Charge
Warrant - GJ63413

Disposition:

Status of Charge
Awaiting Trial

Bond
$250,000.00
Charge 5

Arrested Charge
MURDER, 1ST DEGREE 
Felony

Convicted Charge
Warrant - GJ63411

Disposition:

Status of Charge
Awaiting Trial

Bond
$250,000.00
Charge 6

Arrested Charge
CHILD ABUSE, AGGRAVATED CHILD 8 OR DISABLED
Felony

Disposition:

Convicted Charge
Warrant - GJ63412

Status of Charge
Awaiting Trial

Bond
$250,000.00

Trying to do a search in the same place for Miranda, no information was available.

Thank you to Amy for helping me by sending me Hayden's name. I often say this site is a world wide work in progress. I can make pages, add children and load them for the world to see, however, without the help of those who send me the names, send me updates or just send words of encouragement, this site wouldn't be half of what it is. Oddly, I even consider the criticisms to be helpful because they cause change to happen and at times, change is good. I welcome any and ALL comment, suggestions and yes, even criticisms to help make this page what it is. (I don't so much welcome the death threats, their kind of a downer <G>)

This page was created on June 28, 2016
Death occurred in the state of Tennessee

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