A North Pole man has been arrested and charged with the death of his 4-year-old son.

On May 5, Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call from a North Pole residence at 3:02 a.m. reporting an unresponsive 4-year-old, according to court documents. Identified only as CSJ, the boy was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with “significant bruising all over his body” and burns on his neck, face and torso. FMH staff pronounced CSJ dead.

The boy’s father, 27-year-old Christopher Sadowski Sr, told investigators “he had inadvertently burned CSJ in the shower” two days earlier and that CSJ’s other injuries were the result of his own clumsiness, court records show. Sadowski said he didn’t take CSJ to the hospital because he thought he could take care of the injuries himself.

CSJ’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage, where his death was ruled a homicide on Aug. 5, according to troopers. ME Dr. Edward Gallagher said the injuries CSJ suffered could not have been caused the way they were described by Sadowski.

Sadowski was arrested Thursday on the charge of first-degree murder, troopers wrote. He waived his right to remain silent and answered investigator’s questions, continuing to assert the injuries and death were accidental.

He was transported to the Fairbanks Correctional Center without incident, troopers said.

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