Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dad may face more criminal charges after son's death (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Dad is identified as HAROLD FARRIS.

Father may face more criminal charges after son’s death

From staff reports
A nine-year-old boy who had been institutionalized in Raleigh for seven years died of a non-accidental injury that prevented an adequate supply of oxygen to his brain, the state medical examiner’s office reported this week, and now his father might face additional criminal charges.

Jeramiah Nathaniel Farris died in November at Hilltop Homes, a residential center in Raleigh that treats children with severe developmental and medical disabilities. Police say Jeramiah was 2 when his father, Harold Nathaniel Farris, 34, beat him so badly that he would never live outside an institution.

Harold Farris, of Fayetteville, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison after being convicted of felony child abuse in 2006. He now may face more serious charges in light of the autopsy findings, said Fayetteville police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts.
“Detectives investigating the Farris case are aware of the autopsy report,” MacRoberts said. “The case is still open.”

Harold Farris served about a year in prison after he was convicted of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury, according to the state Department of Correction.

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