Authorities are expected to upgrade charges against a New Jersey man who is accused of shaking and punching his 5-month-old son after the child died at a New York hospital.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a Twitter message that he now plans to charge 38-year-old Yoseop Choi with homicide, The Record of Bergen County reports.
The baby died at New York’s Bellevue Hospital Thursday, the prosecutor said.
Police arrested Choi, of Fort Lee, July 29, a day after he brought the child to the hospital, according to NJ.com.
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The baby had reportedly gone into cardiac arrest and was found to have a severe head injury as well as a broken rib that was healing.
Based on the injuries, the hospital staff contacted New Jersey authorities, according to The Record.
Authorities told NJ.com they arrested the married student after they determined, through an investigation and interview process, that Choi had assaulted the child in his Fort Lee apartment.
Authorities reportedly believe the child was punched and violently shaken numerous times over the past two months.
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Choi was booked into the Bergen County Jail last week on initial charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was last reported Thursday to still be in custody, held on $750,000 bail.
The upgraded homicide charge carries a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison, according to The Record. If convicted, Choi would have to serve at least 85 percent of that time before becoming eligible for parole.
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