Dad arrested in death of his 2-year-old, roommate near Saucier

A 2-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were shot to death by the child’s father at their home near Saucier, officials say.

They both died of gunshot wounds after an alcohol-related fight at the home, said Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson. Two families live at the home, each with a man woman and child.

The toddler, whose name has not been released, and David Garcia were found dead at a mobile home on Riceville Road when deputies responded to a 911 call on Saturday, Peterson said.

Their home is in northwest Harrison County just off Mississippi 53 near McHenry Road.

Billy Roberts, 34, is accused of shooting his child and Garcia.

It’s unclear if the child was struck by a stray bullet. Peterson said the District Attorney’s Office wants some of the details withheld.

Roberts was arrested Saturday on charges of first degree murder and manslaughter.

He is being held at the county jail on a $1.5 million bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner.

The Sun Herald will update this story as more information is available.