A Morgan County man who reportedly told police that an infant was injured after falling off a couch was charged Monday in the 9-month's old death.
Mr. Donald Justin Lee, 21, was originally charged with cruelty to children after the infant was rushed to Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Saturday, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.
The child was taken off life support late Sunday afternoon and deputies petitioned for an upgraded charge, the sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Christopher Bish said.
The charge was upgraded to felony murder on Monday, Capt. Bish said.
Mr. Lee, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, was caring for Brantley Farmer at his home on Aqua Lane in Madison at the time the child was injured, Capt. Bish said.
Around 1:45 p.m., a neighbor called 911 to report that the infant had stopped breathing after Mr. Lee, who had no phone, went to ask for help, Capt. Bish said.
Mr. Lee told police that Brantley had fallen off the couch, Capt. Bish said.
But investigators were suspicious of the severity of the child’s head and neck injuries, Capt. Bish said.
“Babies don’t usually fall off an 18-inch (high) couch and get these kinds of injuries,” Capt. Bish told Channel 2 Action News.
Brantley was rushed to Morgan Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Scottish Rite.
The child's mother responded to the hospital where she collapsed after learning of the severity of Brantley's injuries, according to the incident report. She was allowed to see her son briefly once she regained consciousness, officials said.
Brantley taken off life support at 3:51 p.m. Sunday, Capt. Bish said.
Mr. Lee was denied bond at his first court appearance Monday and remains at the Morgan County Public Safety Center, Capt. Bish said.
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