Man arrested in shooting death of Halifax County toddler

Malcolm Artis (Credit: Halifax County officials)

A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Weldon toddler.

On Thursday morning, 22-year-old Malcolm Artis was arrested after 1-year-old Jaxon Clay was shot to death in a drive-by shooting on Dec. 7.

Authorities said Artis fled to Georgia after the incident where he was arrested; he will be extradited back to Halifax County.

He is charged with multiple felonies including first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Jaxon was murdered around 8:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Elm Street in Weldon.

Police said Jaxson was inside the home when someone drove by and fired shots at the house.

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The boy, who authorities said would have celebrated his second birthday two days before Christmas, was shot in the head and died at the hospital around midnight.

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