Clark Co. man charged with murder of 16-month-old boy

Kayden Payne. (Photo/provided)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A Clark County man is accused of killing a 16-month-old boy.

Clark County prosecutors say Brett Meddock, 20, is charged with murder, manslaughter, felonious assault and child endangering.

Brett Meddock charged with murder in Clark County. (Photo/Clark County Jail)
Brett Meddock charged with murder in Clark County. (Photo/Clark County Jail)

2 NEWS spoke with the boy’s father Tuesday evening. “I feel relieved, like he can rest and so can we,” said Jordan Payne about the indictment. He says the suspect is the mother’s boyfriend.  The father identifies the boy as Kaden Justin Payne. Jordan says the boy’s middle name is in honor of his brother, Justin and that today is his little brother’s birthday.

“He had a lot of people who loved him,” he said. “He touched a lot of hearts…you meet him once and you’d fall in love with him.”

The Clark County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a homicide.  The boy died of blunt force trauma to the head, torso and neck.  He died back in January.

Meddock was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday morning in Springfield.

He is expected into court for arraignment by the end of the week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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