Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dad charged with 1st-degree murder in beating death of 6-year-old son (Pocatello, Idaho)

Dad is identified as ANTHONY BLAKE VILES. Notice there is mention of a step father. So this is obviously a custody/visitation situation--though this is never spelled out. And obviously there is no explanation as to how a man who appears to be this violent was able to get custody/visitation and who gave it to him. All of it swept neatly under the rug....


Update: Viles Charged with First-Degree Murder in Alleged Beating Death

Updated: 11:25 am
UPDATE: The Bannock County Prosecutor's Office has filed first-degree murder charges against the Pocatello man accused of beating his six-year-old son to death.

Anthony Blake Viles was originally charged with felony injury to a child.

Deputy Prosecutor Vic Pearson announced the amended charges Tuesday which he says come as a result of Afton Allison's death on Sunday at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

Pearson also mentioned the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

According to Idaho code, first-degree murder charges accompany any beating death involving a child under the age of 12.

Viles bond has been set at $1 million dollars.

A six-year-old Pocatello boy has passed away after allegedly being beaten by his biological father.

Afton Allison passed away this weekend after doctors took him off of life support.

The boy's biological father, 27-year-old Anthony Blake Viles is being held on a felony injury to a child charge and Bannock County Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman says a decision of additional or amended charges will be made Tuesday following an autopsy on the child.

Afton Allison was taken to Portneuf Medical Center last Thursday with severe injuries and was later flown to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City where he later succumbed to his injuries.
A memorial fund has been setup in the boy's honor at donatelife.net.
Afton's step father, Jared Wrigley, says it was difficult to say goodbye so soon in the child's young life.

“We spent most of our time trying to enjoy our last moments and family members came up from all over just to say their last goodbyes,” said Wrigley. “We got to hold him one last time and walk him into the operating room where his organs were to be donated. Then we came out and began our pursuit of finding help or his justice as we might say."

The family hosted a candlelight vigil at 8:30 Monday evening at upper Ross Park.

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Police arrested Anthony Blake Viles, 27, Thursday afternoon at Portneuf Medical Center.

Viles was charged with felony injury to a child after the six-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

According to reports, the boy has since been flown to Primary Children's Medical Center where he is said to be on life support.

Dianne Brush, spokesperson for the Pocatello Police Department, says the charges could be altered if the child's condition changes.