Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dad charged with 1st-degree murder in death of infant son (Laurinburg, North Carolina)



Father charged in child’s death

7 days ago

A Laurinburg man was arrested this week on charges of first-degree murder after allegedy causing the death of his infant son last year, according to authorities.

On Dec. 17, 2012, police were notified by Scotland Memorial Hospital personnel after five-month-old Samuel Emmanuel Christian, Jr. was brought in to the emergency room with head trauma indicating a possible assault, police said.

“Officers were informed that the hemorrhaging was consistent with what is communally referred to as Shaken Baby Syndrome,” said Lt. Cliff Sessoms of the Laurinburg Police Department. “Injuries from violent shaking of the child is what we were informed.”

The child was transferred to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was found to have no apparent brain activity. He was pronounced dead on Dec. 19.

An autopsy was performed by the state medical examiner.

The child’s father Samuel Emmanuel Christian, Sr., 23, of Lee’s Mill Road, was charged on Monday with first-degree murder. No bond was set.

Christian is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.