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Police: Man killed 5-year-old son, buried him in backyard

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Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard.

Neighbors in the Atlanta suburbs where it happened said they are shaken. 

"Something horrible happened here last night and it just broke my heart. It just destroyed me," said neighbor Hoke Johnson. 

According to an investigative summary of the crime, read aloud in court Thursday, Montrais Boyd Sr., 25, used a kitchen knife to sever the head of his son Montrais Boyd, Jr.

Police said Boyd and the boy's mother were visiting from California and were staying with the boy's grandmother. On Wednesday, the mother and grandmother left the home to run errands, leaving the boy with his father and the father's young siblings.

"When they arrived home from running errands, the grandmother entered the house and was told by the younger siblings that the father had killed the 5-year-old," said Shiera Campbell, a spokeswoman for DeKalb County Police.

Campbell said the siblings also said Boyd had buried the boy in their grandmother's backyard. 

The mother used her bare hands to dig up her son's body as the grandmother called police.

A police chaplain responded to the scene to help officers and the victim's family members cope with what they'd seen and experienced.

This isn't the first time Boyd has been in trouble with the law. CBS46 has learned that he was arrested for an incident in June of 2017 near Flagstaff, Arizona. According to police, Boyd had his son in a car with him in the median of Interstate 17. When a state trooper pulled up behind the BMW, Boyd emerged from the vehicle naked, approached the trooper and began punching his patrol car with his fists, police said. 

Boyd then drove off on the wrong side of the road until he crashed into an embankment, police said. The boy was not badly hurt in that incident.

Boyd is expected back in court in DeKalb County next week for a probable cause hearing for the murder case.

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