Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dad who was sole suspect in murder of infant son commits suicide (Craven County, North Carolina)

Dad is identified as RODNEY BURTON.

Posted: Wed 4:09 PM, Feb 27, 2013
Updated: Thu 2:20 PM, Feb 28, 2013

Police ID Marine Father In Baby Death Investigation

Jacksonville police have identified the Marine who they say shot himself yesterday as they were about to question him in his baby's death.

Police say 22-year-old Corporal Rodney Burton was stationed at Camp Lejeune.

They say Burton shot himself in his truck which was parked in the driveway of a home in Trent Woods. Police would not say why they believe Burton went to Craven County on Wednesday.

Police say Burton, the baby's father, was a person of interest in the child's death.

Police say the baby boy's airway was blocked by an object and he died later at Onslow Memorial Hospital. The boy's death is a homicide investigation, but police say they have no other suspects.

They say Burton was interviewed Tuesday, but never arrested.

Police say the father of a baby who was found not breathing at a home in Jacksonville yesterday took his own life today in Trent Woods.

Jacksonville police say the 11-month old died at Onslow Memorial Hospital after they got a call shortly before 3:00 p.m. to the home on Banks Street.

The child's father, who police say was a person of interest in the case, was found dead this afternoon in a pickup truck outside a home on Camelia Road in Trent Woods. The Craven County SWAT team was called to the house for assistance.

Trent Woods police would only say the man was a U.S. Marine, but they have not yet released his name.

Jacksonville police say they will hold a news conference this morning at 10:00 a.m. to release more information on this case.