Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dad charged in death of 2-month-old son (Richmond, Virginia)

Dad is identified as CORY DANIEL WALLS. No mention of a mother in the home.

Father charged in death of infant son

Henrico case involves allegations of shaken-baby syndrome

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:00 am

Richmond Times-Dispatch

As part of the funeral tribute to Shane Daniel Walls, age 120 days, a picture montage shown on Valentine’s Day this year during the visitation pictured the baby sleeping soundly on his father’s chest.

On Monday, Cory Daniel Walls, 23, was arrested in the death of his infant son.

Henrico County police offered few details in the case, describing the child as having been taken to a Henrico hospital and transferred to VCU Medical Center shortly before his death Feb. 9.

Indictments charge Walls of the 500 block of North Laburnum Avenue with felony murder stemming from non-willful but life-threatening actions and two counts of felony child abuse causing severe injury.

One of the abuse charges covers a period from Dec. 15, when Shane was 2 months old, to Feb. 2, according to a grand jury indictment.

A second felony abuse count pertains to alleged conduct on Feb. 3. The case involves allegations that the infant suffered from shaken-baby syndrome.

Shane Walls, according to his 21-word obituary published by a local funeral home, was buried in Hanover County. No survivors are listed, and no tributes are posted on the funeral home’s website.

Cory Walls is due back in court next month.