Police Chief’s Son Faces Murder Charge After Toddler Dies From Head Injuries

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
January 29, 2018US News
Police Chief’s Son Faces Murder Charge After Toddler Dies From Head Injuries
(Villa Rica Police Department)

The son of a police chief in Georgia is facing a murder charge after a child in his care died from head injuries.

Joshua Richards, 21, allegedly beat his child Brentley Gore, 3, so badly that the child later died from the resulting injuries.

Now Richards, the son of the police chief in Carollton, is facing a murder charge.

The boy’s mother called police on Jan. 23 after she noticed bruises when she went to wake up her son.

The child was rushed to a hospital via helicopter but didn’t survive.

Investigators said that Richards used a belt to seriously injure the boy, reported 11Alive.

“There was some swelling around the eyes, some bruising that showed up on the forehead,” Villa Rica Police Capt. Keith Shaddix told the broadcaster. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years and these kinds of cases break my heart.”

Shaddix added to WSB-TV, “This is the most innocent of victims you can have.”

“Thinking about seeing him yesterday it bothers me today, it’s heartbreaking,” Shaddix added. “There was severe trauma to the head a severe blow to the head.”

Richards was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruelty to children, and possession of marijuana. Murder charges were expected on Monday, Jan.29.

Richards was denied bond during his first court appearance on Wednesday and is on suicide watch.

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