A South Carolina father has been charged with the abuse and death of his 5-year-old disabled son.
Authorities in Lancaster, South Carolina, arrested Robert Jordan, 47, on Oct. 13 for allegedly killing his 5-year-old son, La'Marion Jordan, by throwing him down a hallway, WISTV reports.
Officials said La'Marion, who suffered from cerebral palsy, died Sept. 4 at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Rose Mae Jackson, Robert's mother, was reportedly in disbelief her son could have done such a thing to his own child.
“[La'Marion] couldn’t walk, he couldn’t sit by himself. He was in a wheelchair, he couldn’t even feed himself, we had to feed him,” Jackson told WISTV.
“When they told him to come to the police station, I said, 'Ain’t no way in the world junior did nothing to that baby, not the way he loves kids,'” Jackson said.
Investigators spoke with Robert at his home the day after his son's death. He claimed his son had fallen out of his wheelchair and hit his head on the floor in the early morning the previous day.
A continued investigation into the case led authorities to review the child's medical records and autopsy, and interview witnesses close to the Jordan family.
“Things are not always as they appear and do not always occur as they are explained,” Sheriff Barry Faile said.
“The investigators on this case were persistent and dug deep into the facts to get to the truth about the tragic death of this child," Faile added. "We appreciate the expertise and assistance of SLED [South Carolina Law Enforcement Division] in this investigation.”
Robert's family continues to support him during his case.
“We stick together," Jackson said. "Me and my husband honey, we pray all the every night, every night and I pray to Lord he get out of this here."
Jackson added that the family employed the help of two new babysitters who also took care of La'Marion before the incident.
Robert had reportedly fostered La'Marion before adopting him as his son.
A neighbor of the Jordan family, who asked to remain anonymous, was shocked to hear about the incident.
“As a parent, I can’t imagine somebody taking a 5-year-old child and doing that," she said. "A defenseless child at that."
The case continues to be under investigation.
In 2001 alone, approximately 903,000 children were victims of maltreatment, according to the American Human Association. Of that number, an estimated 1,321 children died from abuse and/or neglect.