FORT EDWARD -- A 30-year-old man was arrested late Sunday night on murder and manslaughter charges after police said he killed his infant son by shaking the boy and then slamming him onto the floor after becoming angered by the baby’s crying.
The Sunday afternoon incident marks the third time in about 18 months that a Glens Falls-area man has been charged in the death of a child in his care.
Kevin W. King, of 25 Lydius St., remained in Washington County Jail without bail on second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges, Fort Edward Police Chief Justin Derway said.
At a press conference Monday morning, Derway said his department was called to the emergency room at Glens Falls Hospital at mid-afternoon Sunday after the boy’s parents brought him to the hospital.
The 3-month-old boy, Brett King, was in a “trauma arrest” when he arrived at the hospital. Trauma arrest is a medical term for no heartbeat because of injuries.
After medical workers restored his heartbeat, he was flown by helicopter to Albany Medical Center, where he died at about 9 p.m. Sunday, Derway said.
An autopsy was ongoing Monday afternoon, and a State Police investigator was at the autopsy.
Derway, who said the child suffered numerous injuries, including head injuries in the Sunday afternoon assault, said he did not expect to have autopsy results Monday.
King is scheduled to be in Fort Edward Village Court on Thursday morning, but Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright said an indictment could come before then, moving the case to Washington County Court.
King is being represented by the Washington County Public Defender’s Office.
The murder complaint filed in Fort Edward Village Court alleges King “shook the child and then slammed the child down onto the carpeted living room floor.”
King is not charged with intentionally killing the boy but is accused of acting with depraved indifference to human life, leading to the death of another person.
A source familiar with the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said King was upset that the baby would not stop crying while he played video games. Derway initially would not comment on that information. At the press conference, he said “There was information a video game was involved,” but would not elaborate.
Derway said police became suspicious after first talking with King.
“He gave us accounts of what happened, and the stories he gave were not consistent with the child’s injuries,” Derway said, noting that King changed his account later in the evening.
Derway said the child’s mother, whose name police would not release because the investigation was not complete, was out shopping and returned home to find the boy injured. Only King and the boy were home at the time of the incident.
According to a birth announcement from Glens Falls Hospital that appeared in The Post-Star, King and Alexandria Diaz were the parents of a son, Brett, born May 15.
Derway said at least two other young children lived in the home, but King was not their father. He said King and the woman had only recently begun a relationship.
“The relationship kind of came together quickly,” Derway said.
He said he did not know where the other children were Monday.
A representative of Washington County Child Protective Services went to the home Sunday to check on the other children, Derway said. He added that investigators had checked with CPS, and there were no reports of any issues in the home.
Derway said he was not familiar with King and added he and the child’s mother had only recently moved to Fort Edward.
State Police Capt. Timothy Munro, of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said the mother has not been charged but that the investigation is continuing. He said she has been “cooperative.”
The address where the family lived is in a complex of townhouses known as the Fort Edward Village Apartments. The townhouses are set slightly off Notre Dame Street, which is off Broadway near downtown Fort Edward. The townhouse at 25 Lydius St. is at the back of complex near a second entrance.
The neighborhood was quiet Monday morning until a small number of onlookers started to gather.
A neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she did not know the couple very well, but was sad about what had happened.
“I don’t know her,” she said of the child’s mother, “but I feel really badly for her.”
A lone Fort Edward Police vehicle and officer were stationed in the parking lot across from the home. Munro said the home was being secured until after the autopsy.
Munro said the boy’s mother initially believed his account of how the boy was injured.
When asked whether King showed any remorse, Munro said, “It’s difficult to consider remorse when a person presents one set of circumstances, then gets to the truth. It is very hard for us to know the mindset of Mr. King.”
Derway said both parents were actively involved in the boy’s life. He said police had talked to a number of family members, as well.