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A former detention officer for a county near Charlotte has been charged in Pitt County with killing his five month old baby.

28-year-old Johnathan Brooks was arrested Wednesday for the murder of his son, Ayden, who was five months old when he died in July. He was rushed to the hospital after the father called 911, saying the baby was not responsive. The baby spent the night at Vidant Medical Center but was taken off life support the following day.

Sheriff Elks says the baby was in the care of his father when he suffered the head injury. The baby's mother also lives in the home, as do her parents.

The Attorney General's Office says Brooks was certified as a detention officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office from November 2010 to January 2012.

Brooks is behind bars under a $2 million bond following his first appearance Thursday morning.


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A baby who law enforcement determined was murdered by his father in July died from a head injury, according to Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks.

Elks says after two months of investigation, the medical examiner concluded the fatal injury was non-accidental.

28-year-old Johnathan Brooks was arrested Wednesday for the murder of his son, Ayden, who was five months old when he died in July. He was rushed to the hospital after the father called 911, saying the baby was not responsive. The baby spent the night at Vidant Medical Center but was taken off life support the following day.

Sheriff Elks says the baby was in the care of his father when he suffered the head injury. The baby's mother also lives in the home, as do her parents.

When asked if the baby had been abused in the past, Elks said the boy had another "episode" three weeks earlier during which he stopped breathing at one point in addition to vomiting. The baby was treated. It's not clear if any concern about abuse was raised as a result of that.

Brooks is behind bars under a $2 million bond following his first appearance Thursday morning.



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A Greenville father made his first court appearance Thursday morning after being charged in his infant son's murder.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Johnathan Brooks called 911 to his home on Mandy Drive July 14th, because his five-month-old son, Ayden, was unresponsive.

According to investigators, the child died at Vidant Medical Center the following day after being taken off life support.

Deputies said after two months of investigation, they determined the infant's death was not from natural causes.

Wednesday night, investigators arrested Brooks on an open count of murder for the death of his son.

Brooks' bond was set at $2 million on Thursday morning at his first court appearance in Pitt County.

The father is due back in court October 3rd.

Sheriff Neil Elks said more information would be released about the case later Thursday morning.



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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says the father of a five-month old has been arrested and charged with his son's murder.

On July 14, at 6:15 p.m., the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1689 Mandy Drive in reference to a five-month baby boy who was not breathing.

The baby’s father said that he called 911 after he found his son, Ayden Wayne Brooks, unresponsive. EMS was on the scene preforming CPR when deputies arrived.

A deputy assisted further by getting in the rescue truck to help resuscitate while transporting to Vidant Medical Center. However, on July 15, Ayden was taken off of life support and died a short time later at Vidant.

Around 6:00 Wednesday night, the baby’s father, Johnathan Dwayne Brooks, 28, was arrested at 1689 Mandy Drive and charged with an open count of Murder.

Brooks was taken to the Pitt County Detention Center and placed under no bond.

Brooks' first court appearance is set for Thursday morning.


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