Friday, February 27, 2015

Dad says he was insane when he fatally beat 2-month-old son (Hamilton, Ohio)

Dad is identified as AUSTIN MORRIS.

Fairfield father says he was insane when he allegedly beat infant son

Austin Morris, 23, to appear in court Wednesday

UPDATED 6:31 AM EST Feb 25, 2015

HAMILTON, Ohio —The Fairfield father charged with fatally beating his 2-month-old son says he was insane at the time of the alleged crime.

Austin Morris, 23, was originally charged with felonious assault, aggravated assault and child endangering charges, which were upgraded to include a murder charge.

Morris’ son’s mother took the child to the hospital after she said he suffered a severe head injury. The baby was then transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he died.

Morris entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday. His plea also asks for evaluations to determine his mental status at the time of the alleged beating.

Morris will appear before a Butler County judge Wednesday morning for arraignment on the murder charge.