5-year-old Alabama boy hit, killed by vehicle after mom’s boyfriend forced him out of car as punishment

An Alabama man has been charged with murder after authorities say he made his girlfriend’s misbehaving 5-year-old son get out of his car — and the child was subsequently hit and killed by another vehicle.

Army Sgt. Bryan Starr, 35, surrendered to officials in Russell County after being charged in the death of Austin Birdseye, Sheriff Heath Taylor told a news conference Monday.



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Originally from Illinois, Starr is stationed at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, the sheriff said. He and the child’s mother, Christina Birdseye, 33, share a home in southeast Alabama near the sprawling base.

Court records were not available Tuesday to show whether Starr had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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