INFANT DEATH: Prosecutor Says Father Punched Baby
HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — New details emerged Wednesday afternoon after two people were arrested in connection with an infant’s death.
According to police, officers responded shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday to reports of an unresponsive infant at a home in the 1200 block of Kimery Drive.
When officers arrived, police said they found a two-week-old child who had died.
“Through the investigation, it was determined that the child died as a result of a criminal homicide,” police said in a news release.
Police arrested Brian Jack Frazier and Stefany Renee Ash, both 20, in connection with the child’s death.
In court on Wednesday, the prosecutor told Judge Holly Sizemore Frazier was allegedly up until 5 a.m. Tuesday playing video games when Khan “got fussy.”
According to the prosecutor, the infant’s father allegedly grabbed the child by the neck and punched the child in the face.
According to the prosecutor, Frazier then went back to sleep.
Ash found the baby unresponsive around 2 p.m. Tuesday. High Point Police responded to the scene around 3:05 p.m. and found the infant.
The baby was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon.
Police said Frazier admitted to the crime when officers arrived on the scene. The infant likely had been dead for at least 10 hours.
According to the prosecutor, before calling 911, Ash and Frazier allegedly discussed ways they could cover up the incident. Those discussions allegedly included hiding the baby’s body, claiming a kidnapping or fleeing to the mountains.
Frazier is charged with first-degree murder. Ash is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Both suspects are being held in the Guilford County Jail without bond.
Sandra Alston, Stefany Ash’s mother, said she is distraught over the whole situation.
“It’s horrible. I just wished they’d have brought him to me. I wish to goodness they’d have brought him to me,” said Alston.
Ash’s stepfather said Ash and Frazier both loved their newborn child and their other son, 15-month-old Kayne.
“Stefany truly loves her child. She may have panic, but I believe, honestly, that she was asleep,” said Bruce Alston, Ash’s stepfather.
No other information was provided.
The next court date is set for Jan. 18.