MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) – Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste has confirmed that Valarie Patterson was arrested in connection to the death of 5-year-old Kamden Johnson. He was found dead on Demetropolis Road in Mobile Monday afternoon.
The 46-year-old works at the day care the little boy attended.
“We were able to make an arrest late last night,” Battiste said during a news conference, “right now, she is a primary suspect as we continue our investigation”.
Authorities have not released a motive, time of death, or cause of death. They are asking for people to be patient and respect Kamden’s family’s privacy.
“We are currently awaiting the result of an autopsy, there may be additional charges pending,” he said, “at this time, it has not been classified as a homicide”.
Patterson has been charged with corpse abuse and remains in jail in Mobile. Authorities said she came to them on her own accord.