Man Arrested in Deaths of Missing Family

A second suspect was arrested and charged in the deaths of a Mississippi family whose bodies were found shot to death in an abandoned farmhouse.

USA Today reports Cedric D. Mason, 30, of Jackson, Miss., was arrested by a state highway patrol SWAT team late Wednesday. Mason, who resisted arrest, was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for observation then later transferred to a Copiah County jail.

Mason was charged with two counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping in the deaths of Atira Hill, 30, and her 7-year-old son, Jaidon.

Man Arrested in Deaths of Missing Family

On Monday police arrested Timothy Lydell Burns, 42, of Jackson, Miss. On Tuesday, Burns (pictured above) led them to the bodies of Hill, Jaidon and her husband, Laterry Smith, 34, in an abandoned farmhouse in rural Hermanville, about 60 miles from the family home in Brandon, Miss.

Authorities believe Burns abducted the mother and son and took them to the farmhouse in rural Copiah County where they were shot, USA Today reports.

Smith was likely killed at another location in Jackson before being transported to the farmhouse.

Hill's family reported her missing on Saturday. Hill's mother, Judy Hughes, told police of a strange phone call she received from her daughter just after midnight aying she had to leave town quickly and would be gone for a few days.

Police found the family's smoldering SUV upside down in a ditch about a mile from where the bodies were found. Authorities determined Burns was driving the SUV when it overturned. Burns reportedly set the vehicle on fire to get rid of evidence.

Police are not revealing what (if any) connection Burns or Mason had to the family.

"Until all the evidence is processed and reports finalized, we're not prepared to discuss those details," said spokesman Warren Strain of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Burns had prior arrests including convictions in 1992 and 2008 in Hinds County for cocaine possession. In 2008, he also was convicted of vehicle theft and grand larceny in Claiborne County, USA Today reports.

WAPT-TV reports investigators were searching a dumpster at a Shell gas station in Jackson, Miss., where they recovered personal items belonging to the family.

Among the items collected were bloody clothes and Hill's ID badge from her job at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, WAPT-TV reported.

A hospital spokesman confirmed to ABCNews.com that an Atira Hill worked there and that she had not reported to work on Monday.

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    • libra80sbaby

      This is so sad :no:

    • Just Looking

      Who does this? :pray: May they Rest in Peace

    • Ty

      Praying for the family, that poor baby :cry:

      I really believe her husband was into some heavy shyt :smack:

    • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

      Bastids

    • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

      Anyone that can kill a child :no: Hell a human period and...just aint right

    • luVn_liFe…

      :(
      I pray our father keeps his hands on these foLks families
      May all three of them rest in Peace
      May the evil monsters that did this to this family rot in prison and have a miserable existance and never have Peace

    • https://sandrarose.com bgood

      so sad. But the muthafuca they got in custody looks likes he already did a 20 year stretch with that jail built body.

    • https://sandrarose.com bgood

      I remember picking up a ex from prison and them suckas looked like they can bend steal

    • Henny Blaque

      So heartbreaking

      I believe the hospital where he was treated is where she worked

    • MSVALLDAY

      Wow! At a loss for words right now.

    • Such A F’n Lady

      Ty says:

      I really believe her husband was into some heavy shyt

      ______________________________

      I've been thinking that as well.

    • tallie

      Sickening! If he's found guilty, he needs the death penalty.

    • libra80sbaby

      Folks bat chit crazy these days

    • Miany

      :( sick people in this world I swear. What kinda anger makes you kill a 7 year old? Lord, I just don't get it.

      :waves: hey Libra, JustLooking, San, tallie, SuchA, msVa, Henny, bgood, ty

    • Just Looking

      :goodnight: All and Ms. Sandra

      Be Safe :drive:

    • Who Dat

      Cosign about the husband. And he was wrong for dragging her and lil man into it. Rip to all of them tho

    • Milky

      :crying: this is beyond sad!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      I want to know ALL the facts :huh:

    • libra80sbaby

      :waves: Miany

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      I think the killer abducted Hill and her son to hold them until Smith paid the money he owed for drugs. I'm pretty sure money and Smith's dirty dealings are involved in this sad case. It's really sad that Jaidon lost his young life because his mama was hot to trot. :no:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Either way, some evil people in this world :sad:

    • Luvmybabygirl Samarra

      She shouldnt have dragged the baby or even herself along for that with her husband. He should have been honest with her about his troubles. This is so sad

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      How can you live with yourself after shooting a little child in the head? :no:

    • Tt

      That's such a shame, but.... is that Dave Chappelle up there?

    • Miany

      It’s really sad that Jaidon lost his young life because his mama was hot to trot.
      ^^ I may be slow but, I don't get it. I don't get how or what this gotta do with the mama being fast in the azz? I didn't read that up top.

      STILL it takes a bish azz ninja to shoot a kid. Disgusting.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Sandra Rose says:

      How can you live with yourself after shooting a little child in the head?
      _____________________

      You'd be surprised how many folks walking around like empty shells.... :no: hell is waiting for them too :tea:

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla&BrendenSittinInATreeW-H-I-P-P-I-N-GWhipfinity :whip:

      thank God they were found!

      go downstairs! :tea: <---HOT

    • Miany

      :waves: Hey Fay!! was it a pretty tranny?? :shocked: chillle my face lookin like Kevin Heart's face in ur gravi...where do I see the pic??

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla&BrendenSittinInATreeW-H-I-P-P-I-N-GWhipfinity :whip:

      Miany!! :waves: hunny go to B Scott's FB page chile!! *faints* :ghost:

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla&BrendenSittinInATreeW-H-I-P-P-I-N-GWhipfinity :whip:

      Miany

      girl did I read on here that ur a realtor?

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Um where is this said pic :tea:

    • Miany

      :( was hoping it was a site i could visit from this work pc.. :lol: Ill search on the cell..
      I'm not a realtor yet, still working this gig until January. Then I'll take the test.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Chile I just saw that pic :tea: nothing surprises me anymore :nono: nothing!

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla&BrendenSittinInATreeW-H-I-P-P-I-N-GWhipfinity :whip:

      Jenie i'm finna tag yew :pc:

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla&BrendenSittinInATreeW-H-I-P-P-I-N-GWhipfinity :whip:

      Miany

      I take my test on the 16th :bite: :eek:

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla&BrendenSittinInATreeW-H-I-P-P-I-N-GWhipfinity :whip:

      Jen
      guhl I po'd some mo :tea: downsturrs hunty :tea: :crying:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      The comments under it though :tea:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Talm bout a trangender is not a male :tea:

    • Miany

      I see Tyson and em Fayla...that's a photoshoot tho... Tyson just tryna be provocative for the pay check... ion think this makes him :homo:

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Miany says:

      It’s really sad that Jaidon lost his young life because his mama was hot to trot.
      ^^ I may be slow but, I don’t get it. I don’t get how or what this gotta do with the mama being fast in the azz? I didn’t read that up top.
      __________________

      I'm old school. I believe that single mothers should devote themselves to raising their kids. Sex is for reproduction, so unless Ms. Hill was planning on having more kids, her legs should be closed for business until her son is at least 12. She had no business marrying a low-life she just met a few months ago. She would still be alive if she kept her legs closed.

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Fayla says:

      hunny go to B Scott's FB page chile!! *faints* :ghost:
      ________________

      I knew Tyson Beckford was gay. Those pics are disgusting. :no:

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Miany says:

      Hey Fay!! was it a pretty tranny??
      __________________

      The tranny looks like death warmed over. It looks like a skeleton with skin draped over the bones. :no:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Sandra Rose says:

      Miany says:
      It’s really sad that Jaidon lost his young life because his mama was hot to trot.
      ^^ I may be slow but, I don’t get it. I don’t get how or what this gotta do with the mama being fast in the azz? I didn’t read that up top.
      __________________
      I’m old school. I believe that single mothers should devote themselves to raising their kids. Sex is for reproduction, so unless Ms. Hill was planning on having more kids, her legs should be closed for business until her son is at least 12. She had no business marrying a low-life she just met a few months ago. She would still be alive if she kept her legs closed.
      _________________________

      Sandra I'm ole skool myself, and for me choose to devote my time with daughter.... Now that's my choice, but not everyone can operate like that. Some feel they need a man or have to have one :shrugs: Its nothing wrong with dating men, the problem is some women put themselves first :tea: their needs before their children...... its unfortunate that it ended this way though.... But you will be surprised how much this happens.... I think it selfish to be honest...... Your child comes first ....

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Wait I thought it has already been established that Tyson likes the fellas :tea:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :ghost:

    • http://SandieAtkins.Blogspot.com SandieAu05

      My best friend always says that ever since the DC sniper was black, black folks done lost their minds.

    • Miany

      ooooh ok Sandra...I understand. Now I too am old school but, I will not subject a single mother to eternal dryness so she can raise a kid. I do believe in 2013 no woman should marry and move in with a man until he's been thoroughly vetted.
      My bad habit met me through mutual friends and STILL watched me like a HAWK before he even allowed me to meet his lil boys :heart:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Miany says:

      I see Tyson and em Fayla…that’s a photoshoot tho… Tyson just tryna be provocative for the pay check… ion think this makes him
      ___________________________

      :nono: that tells me that you fugg a man for a pay check if you put it like that :tea:

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      jeniefrumdabloc says:

      Now that’s my choice, but not everyone can operate like that. Some feel they need a man or have to have one
      __________________

      This is a misconception that needs to be challenged. Just because we have sexual urges doesn't mean we have to act on them. Nuns and Monks ignore their sexual urges because they know sex is for reproduction.

    • Miany

      Its nothing wrong with dating men, the problem is some women put themselves first their needs before their children……
      ^^ :applause:
      :dead: Sandra... thank you for the accurate description.. the TRANNY is skinny as heyull
      & Jenie...ur right. I've always thought Tyson was zesty but he's a model, he was modeling with that Tranny....tryna be the "first famous male model to pose sexually with a tranny".....I was expecting some kinda leaked porn type pics lol

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Miany says:

      ooooh ok Sandra…I understand. Now I too am old school but, I will not subject a single mother to eternal dryness so she can raise a kid.
      ____________________

      :rofl: :hahaha: Heck for me though, I am cool with the dryness :yes: these men in Atlanta , aint it :nono: not taking that chance chile

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Miany says:

      Now I too am old school but, I will not subject a single mother to eternal dryness so she can raise a kid.
      _________________

      If you're married or in a relationship when the children are born, that's fine. But single mothers should devote their time to their kids, not chasing dack.

    • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      jeniefrumdabloc says:

      Wait I thought it has already been established that Tyson likes the fellas :tea:
      ___________________

      Those pictures confirm that he is not only gay but he's a freak.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Sandra Rose says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says:
      Now that’s my choice, but not everyone can operate like that. Some feel they need a man or have to have one
      __________________
      This is a misconception that needs to be challenged. Just because we have sexual urges doesn’t mean we have to act on them. Nuns and Monks ignore their sexual urges because they know sex is for reproduction.
      ________________________

      Everybody not that strong though :shrugs: hell I have urges, but it takes true discipline to fight those urges :yes: especially when getting dyck is so easy these days :tea:

    • Miany

      @Jenie... I feel you. The pickings on men are slim as fugg and I know ur not LOOKING but, if you happen to meet a nice man...let's say at a work function, after church SOMETHING and he is everything you could ask for in a man...are you at least open to the idea of allowing him to court you and possibly seeing where things go?

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Miany says:

      @Jenie… I feel you. The pickings on men are slim as fugg and I know ur not LOOKING but, if you happen to meet a nice man…let’s say at a work function, after church SOMETHING and he is everything you could ask for in a man…are you at least open to the idea of allowing him to court you and possibly seeing where things go?
      _____________________

      Nope :tea: I'm not ready for that , he'll get his feelings hurt ....

      I know I'm wrong about that though ....I'm not ready yet though.....

    • Miany

      speaking of how men aint shiiii... how bout this GUY. He's been chasing me since we were like 10th graders... all in my text every few months.
      so my bday was two weeks ago. he texts. he invited me out, etc. I was kickin it with the girls so I politely declined...
      FLASH FORWARD>.. 2 weeks later.. i go on fb.. a chick we went to school with (today is her bday) is posting pics of everything she got...
      :cell: <~~~~ me texting him "CONGRATTTTTTTTTTTS!!!!!!"
      his reply: On what???
      ninja :stop: chick just tagged u to a photo collage of over $1500 worth of bday gifts and you gone act like that aint yo girl???

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :hahaha: chile the most :rofl:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Social media will tell on a person every time :hahaha: then she tagged his azz :lol:

    • Miany

      :yes: if you're not ready then that's good... you know you're not ready and you will get back in the game when the time is right for you.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      That's the plan Miany :hug: but nothing ever goes as planned :smack:

    • Milky

      Trying to stay up for scandal :yawn:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      I am handing demerits left and right round chere!!!!! :nono: :rules:

      I say good day :nono:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      I know I want be able to stay up :lol: I just took some alkazelter cold night time..... :yawn: but I finally got me a dvr :nun:

    • Miany

      :waves: Gnight Jenie....
      Milky I'll be watching... get you a dvr or if u wanna be cheap, an old vhs

    • Milky

      Miany I hate dvrin becuz I have to avoid folks all day tomorrow!

    • Miany

      MILKKKKKKKKKY!!!!!!!
      still awake?

    • Miany

      :( I guess Milky fell asleep
      **grabs blog bullhorn**
      WAKE UP MILKY!!

    • Milky

      :rofl: @ miany

    • http://twitter.com/SayItaIntSoJoe8 Atypical

      I too think that this was a "deal" that went really, reallywrong. I also think it's deplorable to blame this woman for her death. I don't care if she was the biggest h#e in Mississippi, she and baby didnt deserve to be shot to death. Point.Blank.Period. I don't know her or her situation and maybe she did make a bad choice in who she married(which lots of women do) but she didn't die because she was "hot to trot". She died because that man in that jumpsuit is a fuggin animal..

    • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

      Wow :no: Senseless to kill the child. Clearly it was a bring me my money/what you owe me I have your family type situations. This is heartbreaking

    • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

      Well this is a sad way to start a Friday :kona:

    • libra80sbaby

      :waves: Good Morting Everyones!!