At about 9:40 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a trauma incident in the area of 23 Alpine Street, Roxbury.
Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive victim, later identified as 3-year-old Kenai Whyte of Roxbury, inside the residence. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center. On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the victim was pronounced deceased.
On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 26-year-old Maria Buie of Roxbury, presented herself at the District B-2 (Roxbury) police station while in the company of her attorney. She was placed in custody on charges of Assault and Battery on a Child in relation to the above death investigation and was arraigned later that day at Roxbury District Court.
Yesterday, on April 29, 2016, after gathering sufficient facts and evidence against Buie, the Boston Police Homicide Detectives in collaboration with the Suffolk County District Attorney have indicted Buie on charges of second-degree murder for injuries she allegedly inflicted on Whyte shortly before he was found unresponsive on January 31. A release put out by the DA’s office yesterday stated, “The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the child’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. An extensive factual investigation by Boston Police homicide detectives developed evidence and witness statements suggesting that only Buie was alone with the child after others present in the home observed him to be healthy and uninjured.”
Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “My heart goes out to this child and his family. A tragedy like this one has a lasting impact on all involved, and in this case my detectives worked diligently to gather evidence in an effort to bring justice for such a young victim. I hope and pray that this indictment was able to bring some level of peace for Kenai's family. ”