Two-Year-Old Fairbanks Boy Dies After Alleged Assault
Suspect Carl Delbert David Jr., 24, is shown at left. Photo courtesy of TVTV Fairbanks.
FAIRBANKS - A 2-year-old Fairbanks boy has died of injuries sustained in a beating allegedly delivered by his mother's boyfriend, who was angry the boy had urinated in the bed.
Fairbanks police said the boy, whose name has not been released, died about 5 p.m. Thursday at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.
An autopsy is scheduled with the state medical examiner and should be done in a couple of days, Fairbanks police Detective Peyton Merideth said.
"We're working closely with the district attorney's office on the case," Merideth said. "It is still under investigation."
The boyfriend, Carl Delbert David Jr., 24, was arraigned earlier Thursday on a first-degree felony assault charge and remains in Fairbanks Correctional Center with no bail.
A decision on upgrading the charges following the boy's death will be made by the district attorney's office.
David is accused of throwing the boy onto a child's bed, causing the boy to bounce off the bed and hit his head on the floor, according to a criminal complaint filed in court. The boy suffered a fractured skull with internal brain bleeding, a broken neck and other internal injuries to his head and genitals.
The boy was knocked unconscious when his head hit the floor. David told Alaska State Troopers he then stepped on the boy's genitals and groin area with the heel of his foot because he was mad the boy had urinated in the bed.
The boy remained unconscious for approximately one hour, but David told troopers he did not call 911 or seek any help even though he knew the boy was not breathing right. Instead, David said he held the boy until his mother returned to their 15th Avenue apartment and pushed him to nearby Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in a baby stroller.
Fairbanks police were notified by emergency room personnel and interviewed the boy's mother at the hospital.
The woman told police she had returned home from running errands to find her unconscious son with David, who told her that he had become upset at the boy for trying to clean up the "poop" from another child.
Police went to the apartment and took David into custody.
In an interview with police, David said he was home alone with the boy and that the boy wet the bed while taking a nap. David told police he became upset because the boy had already ruined several pairs of underwear. The boy was not wearing a diaper, according to police.
David said he slapped the boy several times on the face while the boy was seated on a small potty chair before stripping his clothes off and putting him in the bathtub to clean him off. He told police he grabbed the boy by the chest to remove him from the tub and then grabbed the boy by the right arm and right leg and threw him on the bed. The boy bounced off the bed and hit his head on the floor, David told police.
The boy was on his left side, unconscious, when David said he pushed him on his back with his foot. He reportedly admitted to then stepping on the boy's genitals and groin with the heel of his foot.
At some point, David realized the boy was unconscious and not breathing correctly, so he held him until the boy's mother returned home.
Detectives showed David photos of the boy's injuries that were taken at the hospital and David admitted to causing the injuries depicted in the photos, police wrote in the complaint. David admitted he had been excessive in his discipline of the boy.
At his arraignment on Thursday, David appeared on a video screen from Fairbanks Correctional Center and answered only "yes" or "no" to questions from Magistrate Bethany Harbison. He requested a court-appointed lawyer because he said he couldn't afford to hire one.
David has convictions for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct on his record. A preliminary hearing for David on the assault charge was set for April 27.
Merideth, the detective, asks that anyone who has information contact him at 907-450-6550.