A 26-year-old man was charged with murder Wednesday after his girlfriend's infant died from injuries from a child-abuse incident last week, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office said.
Dylon James Kirkpatrick had been arrested Feb. 9 on charges of felony child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon and was being held on $1 million bail when the infant died on Saturday, authorities said.
Sheriff’s deputies and county EMS crews found the child unresponsive Feb. 8 at a house on Baby Doe Street in Ramseur, the sheriff’s office said.
Kirkpatrick is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, authorities said. He is not related to the child, they added.
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The baby had been taken to Randolph Hospital, then moved to the neonatal intensive care unit at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, the sheriff’s office said in a post on its Facebook page.
The office did not identify the mother or give the infant’s age.
WGHP-TV reported that detectives said Kirkpatrick attacked the infant with his hands and that they were considered deadly weapons because of his size relative to the baby.