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Police link father to death of 2-year-old boy in 2000

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old Birmingham boy, who was believed to have drowned and suffered from exposure when found dead on a bank of Five Mile Creek more than seven years ago, has been charged with capital murder in the child's death.

Detectives assigned to the Birmingham Police Department's Cold Case Unit arrested 37-year-old John Andrew Osburn on Sept. 6. He was charged with capital murder for the Jan. 12, 2000, death of the boy, Christopher Blake Thompson.

Christopher's death was considered a tragic accident when he was found alongside the creek a day after his parents reported him missing from the backyard where he had been playing.

But police said new evidence surfaced in an unrelated criminal case in September 2006 that prompted police in Tarrant and Birmingham to re-examine the Thompson case.

"We were able to put a timeline together to where we knew that it wasn't an accident," Birmingham homicide detective Phillip Russell said Wednesday.

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