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MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — The grieving mother of a two-year-old boy who died after he was found unconscious inside an Mechanicsville apartment had a simple message for other parents.

“Always tell your kids you love them,” the mother, who asked her name not be released due to safety concerns, said.

Her son, a child named James Brown, died Sunday, April 17, at the hospital.

James Brown

Her boyfriend, 27-year-old Marcus S. Williams, has been charged with Brown’s murder.

Hanover investigators said Williams lived in the apartment complex with Brown’s mother. Investigators said the boy’s mother was at work and left James in Williams’ care. The boy was found unconscious with “obvious signs of trauma.”

Now the mother’s friends are coming to her aid in an effort to help her through this difficult time.

“I am asking for help, help for a mother who has lost her only child that she will never get back,” Ashley Reynolds wrote on a GoFundMe page she created to help Brown’s mother. “She will need help with burial funds, living expenses, and trying to get back on her two feet from this tragic event.”

Six days into the online fundraising campaign, $2,330 has been raised. The goal is $10,000.

“Our community is a tight community, we come together as one,” Reynolds continued. “We want to raise as much money as we can, so that the mother does not have to worry about financial issues, as she has to learn how to live now alone, cope and grief over the loss of her only son that she will never get back who is now in God’s hands.”

Reynolds called Brown a “sweet, innocent little boy.”

“James was filled with joy, laughter, and love. He loved to play on the playground all the time,” she said. “The last thing we want her to worry about is money issues, as she has to bury her only precious child now.”