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Rocky Mount man charged with second degree murder of 3-month-old child

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"We found this baby to be in a severe condition," Rocky Mount Police, Captain Ken Criner says.

It's hard to listen to the list of intentional injuries caused to a 3-month-old baby boy in Rocky Mount.

Even for Captain Ken Criner, who has been in law enforcement for decades, he says it's not easy.

"It's just a little more stressful," Captain Criner says. "You can kind of step it up a little bit more because you know this baby couldn't do anything for itself and you want good closure for the family." 

Investigators believe they have the man responsible for the murder of the 3-month-old, in jail.

Xavier Craighead, 20, was arrested Tuesday morning for second degree murder, child abuse, and child neglect.

Craighead was the mother's boyfriend at the time. Investigators say the incident happened where the mother of the infant lives at apartments on Windy Lane in Rocky Mount.  She said she went to Wal-Mart and asked Craighead to watch her son for a little while. When she returned, her son had several severe injuries. 

The baby was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital on May 4th, where he stayed on life support for about a week.

An autopsy later revealed the baby had several broken bones, bleeding of the brain, a skull fracture, and a severe head injury. The head injury is what the medical examiner says ultimately caused the baby's death.

"The human instinct is I can't believe that someone would be that cruel to someone that was brought into this world and is defenseless and can not help itself," Rocky Mount Police Chief, David Cundiff says.

Unfortunately, Rocky Mount Police Chief David Cundiff, says this type of severe child abuse and neglect happens more often than people think.

"People just need to be educated and call 911," Chief Cundiff says.

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A Rocky Mount man is being charged for the second degree murder of a 3-month-old child.

Xavier Craighead, 20, of Rocky Mount, was indicted by a grand jury Monday morning, but arrested Tuesday morning for second degree murder, child abuse, and child neglect.

The infant sustained a severe head injury including subdural hemorrhage along with a fractured skull.

The investigation started because from a phone call from the hospital on May 4th after the infant had been transported to the facility for treatment.

Craighead is being held in the Franklin County Jail and will have an arraignment Wednesday morning.


 
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