By Jeff Bahr
Wakir Bryant, 28, of Belleville was indicted on June 25 for his alleged role in the death of two-year-old Mikhy Robinson, the son of a woman who he was dating.
A five-count indictment charges Bryant with reckless manslaughter, according to Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. It also charges Bryant with hindering apprehension, endangering the welfare of a child, and two weapons offenses.
The indictment alleges that Bryant recklessly killed the boy in the child’s home on December 30, 2011 and then fled the scene.
Mikhy’s mother, who hasn’t been publicly identifi ed by authorities or singled out for any wrongdoing in the incident, claimed in a Star Ledger report that she awoke that morning to the sound of a gunshot. Moments later she saw her fatally wounded son and Bryant both stained red with blood. Bryant reportedly declared, “I’m so sorry,” repeatedly as he and the woman took the mortally wounded child to a hospital. Shortly thereafter, Bryant fled the scene. He was arrested later that evening.
Bryant’s original charge of aggravated manslaughter was downgraded to a reckless manslaughter count by the grand jury.
Bryant is currently incarcerated on $250,000 bail.