The estranged wife
of a man accused of severely beating his 3-month-old baby said she knows her husband isn't guilty of the crime
The woman, who didn't want to be identified, told WXII she and 37-year-old William Dean Plaster Jr. are currently going through a divorce.
They are accused of beating their son, causing brain hemorrhaging, broken ribs and a broken leg. Authorities said tests showed the baby, William Dean Plaster III
, also had previous injuries.
"It’s not in his heart to hurt a child. He loves all kids,"
Plaster's wife said Wednesday. "There’s no doubt in my mind he did not do this. I know for a fact, cause I got two kids with him. I’ve been 18 and a half years with him. I’ve been with him since I was 16 years old and there’s no way that he could have done this -- not the way that he loved his two kids with me.”
Stokes County investigators said Plaster and Fortenberry claim the baby fell off a couch
on April 22.
Plaster's wife said whoever did cause the injuries should be punished.
“The minute he comes out (of jail), I will take my children up there.
My kids love their daddy. He has never hurt them and he never will. He doesn’t have it. It’s not in his heart to hurt his kids at all," she said.