Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dad charged in abuse death of 3-month-old son (Allegan, Michigan)

Dad is identified as JONATHAN COLBY.

Father faces judge, charges issued in child's death

Updated: Friday, December 5, 2014

ALLEGAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A father accused of abusing his newborn son before the child died now faces charges.

On Friday, 22-year-old Jonathan Colby was arraigned on a first-degree child abuse charge.

Records show 3-month-old Jase Colby died of blunt force trauma to the head, and his father has admitted to striking the baby while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

In court on Friday, Colby looked down as the judge read his charge.

3-month-old Jase Colby was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after he was found unresponsive in his crib.

Shortly thereafter, the baby was pronounced dead.

Records show that the death was no accident.

In the course of their investigation, detectives were informed that Jase had a cracked skull "and injuries consistent with strangulation and suffocation."

Detectives later interviewed Jonathan, who admitted to abusing his son. If convicted, Jonathan Colby could face up to life in prison.

The Allegan County Prosecutor says that child abuse charge could be modified later, as they are still waiting on a final determination from the medical examiner.