Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dad charged with murder in death of infant son (Suffolk, Virginia)

Dad is identified as ARTHUR LEE SMITH JR.


Father charged with murder in baby death investigation

By WAVY News

Published: December 29, 2014, 2:59 pm | Updated: December 30, 2014, 12:07 pm

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk police confirm they have charged a father wanted in Norfolk for the death of his infant child.

Arthur Lee Smith Jr., 25, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder, according to the Norfolk Police Department.

The charges stem from an incident last Tuesday when officers responded to a home in the 6200 block of Bewells Point Road for a report of an unresponsive infant. The child was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters where he was later pronounced dead.

The ongoing investigation is being handled by the Norfolk Police Homicide Division, which has identified Smith as the baby’s father. Norfolk police said they aren’t sure right now if Smith is a resident of Norfolk or Suffolk.

Smith Jr. was arraigned Tuesday morning in Norfolk. He has a review court date scheduled Jan. 12.

Stay with WAVY 10 for more on this developing story.