http://www.midlandsconnect.com/news/...aspx?id=404807An 18-year-old South Carolina man has been charged with homicide by child abuse after authorities say he killed his five-month-old son.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says a judge denied bond Thursday for Lexie Dial III of Gaston.
Authorities say Dial shook his son, Joshua, so violently Tuesday night at their home that the boy stopped breathing. Paramedics took the boy to a hospital, where he died the next day from swelling and bleeding on his brain.
http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?...=83142&catid=2Officers say the information provided by Lexie Dial to investigators was inconsistent with the nature of the child's injuries. Later, he told investigators that he was attempting to get his son to walk.
"When the child didn't walk, he got frustrated and grabbed the child underneath his armpits and started shaking it very violently," says Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.
Deputies say that Lexie Dial intentionally shook his son in a manner that was so violent that the baby almost immediately lost consciousness and suffered severe brain trauma.
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11860327"A complete accident." That's what the mother of a five-month-old says is how her boyfriend, Lexie Dial III explained the fatal head injuries to the couple's son.
"People say accidents like this can't happen, I'm proof they can and it did," said Misti Rife.
Dial was in court Thursday morning where he was denied bond. He didn't answer any questions in regards to the child's death.
Rife explained what Dial told her about the night the incident happened.
"We were in the process of moving and so we have a lot of clutter and I'm guessing he tripped, and him and the baby both fell," said Rife.
Rife says she and Dial were at the hospital Wednesday when Joshua Dial passed away.
"This is killing him and then we didn't even get an hour to grieve over our son together before they grabbed him out of my arms and arrested him," said Rife.
Even with the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars, Rife says that's not what her baby's father is worried about right now.
"It's not this place -- this place -- yeah, he might be a little scared on the inside of there, but that's not what's scaring him the most," said Rife. "What's scaring him the most is we're still a family, but a member of our family is now gone."
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