Friday, January 9, 2015

Dad charged with murder in death of 3-month-old son (Lewiston, Maine)

Dad is identified as DANNY ADAMS.

Lewiston father arrested in baby's death appears in court

Danny Adams, 24, suspected in 3-month-old's murder, police say

UPDATED 9:38 AM EST Jan 09, 2015

LEWISTON, Maine —A Lewiston man charged with murder in connection with the death of his 3-month-old son appeared in court Friday morning. Department of Public

Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said state and local police arrested Danny Adams, 24, around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Adams was ordered held without bail and did not enter a plea.

Investigators said the 3-month-old, Zade Adams, was found unresponsive in a bassinet on Dec. 14. The medical examiner's officer later determined his death was due to asphyxia.

According to court documents, Adams admitted to police that he put a pacifier in Zade's mouth and the child spit it out.

Adams said he held it in the child's mouth so he would stop crying.

Adams said he held the baby down with his right hand on his back, and the baby made small fusses.

Adams said he did not kill Zade, and when he went back to check on him 45 minutes later, he was lifeless and unresponsive.

In the court paperwork, Adams also admitted causing bruising on the child's ear and bruising around the mouth was caused when he held the pacifier in the baby's mouth.

When asked about a broken rib discovered by the medical examiner, Adams said four weeks earlier Zade wouldn't stop crying; he squeezed him hard; and he let out a grunt, according to the court documents.