Wednesday, November 25, 2009

3-month-old baby boy dies three weeks after Dad's arrest (Plymouth, England, United Kingdom)

Charges against dad GRAEME DRAPER may be upgraded now that his 3-month-old son has died. The baby suffered from severe head injuries during an "incident" involving his father.

Baby Boy Dies Weeks After Father's Arrest
11:50am UK, Wednesday November 25, 2009
Kat Higgins, Sky News Online

A baby boy has died in hospital in Bristol - three weeks after his father was charged with injuring him.

Three-month-old Kodi Martin suffered serious head injuries in an incident in Plymouth on November 1.

Officers say he died on Tuesday at Bristol Children's Hospital.

His father, Graeme Draper, 25, was arrested on the same day as the incident in St Judes and then charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He has appeared at Plymouth Magistrates' Court and will appear before a Crown Court in February.

Devon and Cornwall Police say a decision on fresh charges will be made when the evidence has been reviewed.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Costa Nassaris said: "Members of Kodi's family were with him when he passed away and we would like to offer our sympathies at this terrible time.

"His death will be the focus of a joint investigation involving the major investigation team and the child abuse investigation team, who will work in partnership with children's services and other agencies."

A post-mortem will be held later this week.