Child’s remains found in burned Brevard County home; arson suspected, deputies say

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MALABAR, Fla. (WESH) — A child’s body has been found inside a burned Malabar home and investigators say the fire was started in an effort to cover up a homicide.

Investigators believe it is the body of missing 9-year-old Sebastian Meachum.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. in Malabar.

Tony and Chrissy Hughes, both 39, lived in the home with their son, Sebastian. A relative was also staying at the home.

Investigators have since found the bodies of a woman and child. A preliminary examination of the woman revealed trauma that indicates that she was killed prior to the start of the fire, deputies said.

Additionally, a truck and boat trailer registered to the Hughes’ family was found at Christenson’s Landing around noon Sunday. A missing 18-foot Grady White motorboat was found unoccupied, driving in circles about 7 miles off the coast of Sebastian Inlet.

Deputies said a search of the vessel revealed suspected blood evidence.

A missing child alert had been issued for Sebastian Meachum on Sunday.

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