A Missouri man has been charged in connection with the the death of his 3-month-old son, police confirmed Monday.
Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer told KSDK News that deputies were called to the apartment of 21-year-old Cody Bunch in Festus, Missouri, on Jan. 6 after receiving a call that a young child there was not breathing.
The baby, Aiden Bunch, was taken to a nearby hospital and later airlifted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The child died Jan. 10.
Doctors reportedly told detectives the boy suffered severe brain injuries caused by trauma.
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“Through the course of the investigation we determined that there was some head trauma. We questioned the last two people to have custody, the mother and father,” Lt. Sgt. Jim Kausler told KTVI News.
Bunch reportedly told police he fell while getting out of a chair with his son cradled in his arms. Kausler said investigators didn’t believe the story.
“There was more than one injury that we found,” Kausler said. “It was just inconsistent with what he was telling us.”
According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story, Bunch told police that his son had been lethargic for a few days and then suddenly “gasped for air” while he was feeding the child on Jan. 6. He reportedly said attempts to the help the boy start breathing again were unsuccessful and woke the child’s mother, Brooke Besch, and told her to call 911.
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Police investigators told KTVI the boy had at least seven bruises on the back and the middle of his head. Police said they found no bruises on Bunch’s body.
Bunch was charged with one count of abuse of a child resulting in death on Jan. 16.
Family members declined to be interviewed at length about the charges or the child’s death, though one aunt described the situation as a nightmare.
Bunch was last reported to be in the Jefferson County Jail Monday. He is being held on $500,000 cash-only bail.
Photo Credit: KSDK News courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, WikiCommons