Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dad charged with "child abuse" in violent death of 4-month-old son (Fayetteville, North Carolina)

Why is it called "child abuse" when a father violently murders a baby? Why isn't called, like, murder?

Dad is identified as JONATHAN GIERKE.


Published: 07:14 AM, Wed Nov 20, 2013

Fayetteville father charged with child abuse in death of infant son

A Fayetteville man was arrested Tuesday on a child abuse charge accusing him of severely injuring his infant son.

Fayetteville police were unable late Tuesday give a condition for the child.

The father, 24-year-old Jonathan Gierke of the 400 block of Tradewinds Drive, was charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. A warrant says 4-month-old Keegan Geirke was injured on Monday. It notes brain swelling and damage to his retinas.

Gierke was jailed on $15,000 bail. He posted bail Tuesday evening and was released.

- Paul Woolverton