A father from Louisville has been accused of hitting and killing his 1-month-old son after he became upset for losing a video game, police said.
Anthony Trice, 26, was babysitting the infant alone on May 3 when he lost a video game and threw the controller, reported WDRB, citing police.
Police said Trice then allegedly took out his anger by punching his son in the head with his fist, causing serious injury to the child. The 26-year-old then picked up the infant and walked to the kitchen to prepare him a bottle. But he dropped the child while carrying him to the kitchen, according to authorities.
Trice then noticed his son was “in distress” and called 911. The baby was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital in a serious condition and died on May 5.
The father was originally charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child, but those charges were upgraded to murder on May 6, according to jail records. He bond was also raised to $1,000,000 cash.
He is scheduled to next appear in court on May 16.
In a similar case last year, a Pennsylvania father allegedly killed his 5-month-old daughter by repeatedly shaking, throwing, and dropping the infant after losing a video game.
Zion Isaiah Shockley, 18, was been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses for abusing his baby daughter, Rosalie Faith Crothers-Shockley, and ultimately causing her death, announced the Chester County District Attorney’s Office in a press release.
Shockley was Rosalie’s primary caretaker despite having shared custody of her with the child’s mother.
According to court documents, earlier this month, the 18-year-old was so angry at a fellow video game player who called him a “failure” during a game that he threw Rosalie in the air and didn’t catch her, reported Cleveland 19 News.
“He was playing video games and got frustrated and angry because he wasn’t doing very well in the video games, so then, he took this child and shook her and dropped her, like she was a basketball,” District Attorney Tom Hogan told the news station.
Rosalie suffered a cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in a critical condition after police responded to an emergency call at Shockley’s house in Coatesville on Feb. 10, according to the District Attorney’s Office press release. She died two days later.
Doctors who treated Rosalie at the Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children said she was “bleeding from the brain and eyes.”
“These injuries are consistent with abusive head trauma. Such trauma is caused by both recent and ongoing abuse. At the time of her injuries, the child victim was in the exclusive control of [Shockley],” the press release stated.
Shockley admitted to dropping his child several times and shaking her, according to a criminal complaint, reported the CBS 19.
The district attorney said in a press release: “an infant can not defend herself. A baby can not run away or call for help. A five-month-old cannot tell people what is happening to her. A baby is the most vulnerable and innocent victim possible. Now it is our job to do what this baby could not, and deliver justice to the killer.”
From The Epoch Times