Man ordered held in son's death
A Baltimore man Tuesday was ordered held in D.C. jail on first-degree murder charges related to the 2009 beating death of his seven-week old son.
Magistrate Judge Kimberley S. Knowles ordered Hiawatha A. Henry, 18, held in jail until his next court appearance on Jan. 19. Prosecutors charged Henry with beating his seven-week old son, Hiawatha Jackson, which resulted in his son lapsing into a coma and, within a day, dying from his injuries.
According to D.C. Superior Court documents, on Aug. 30, 2009, Henry was baby-sitting his son and another infant at the children's mother's house in the 1800 block of Bryant St. NE.
Henry allegedly told police both infants began crying at the same time, according to documents. Henry told the officers he put a pacifier in the mouth of one of the infants and placed the infant in a crib. Henry said he then took out a bottle and began feeding Hiawatha, who was in his arms.
Henry then began playing a video game, according to the documents. While holding Hiawatha, Henry said, he sat on the edge of a futon. The futon then tipped over and Henry told homicide detectives he dropped his son on the floor as he tried to regain his balance.
During the fall, Henry said, his son's head struck the rail of the futon and his son fell on top of a video game controller that was on the floor.
According to a medical examiner's report, Hiawatha died of abusive head injuries with a brain contusion and ruled the injuries were "non accidental."
Keith L. Alexander
| December 28, 2010; 5:21 PM ET
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