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Raleigh man charged with murder after baby with fractured skull dies

Michael Buchanan
Michael Buchanan CCBI

Raleigh Police have upgraded the charge in a felony child abuse case to murder after one-year-old Torrance Adams, taken to WakeMed on February 14 with a fractured skull, died.

Police arrested Michael Buchanan (DOB 3/14/95) last week and charged him with intentional child abuse inflicting bodily injury in connection with the case, according to an arrest warrant filed at the Wake County clerk’s office.

Police say the offense happened Thursday. The child stopped breathing earlier in the day and was taken to the hospital, where it was discovered that the child had sustained a skull fracture while in the care of Buchanan. Follow-up investigation led detectives to secure a warrant charging Buchanan.

Investigators have accused Buchanan of fracturing the back of the child’s skull. The child also suffered bleeding outside of the brain, according to the arrest warrant.

Adams died from his injuries over the weekend, according to the Raleigh Police Department. Homicide detectives conferred with the district attorney’s office and charges were upgraded to murder.

Court records show that Buchanan also has a Washington, D.C. address.

He was taken into custody Friday after he was questioned by police, according to the City County Bureau of Identification.

Police described Buchanan as the boyfriend of the victim’s mother.

Buchanan was transported to the Wake County jail and placed under a $2 million bail.

He was ordered at the time to have no contact with the victim or any other child under the age of 16 unless supervised by an adult.

Thomasi McDonald is a veteran journalist who writes about crime and public safety issues.


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