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Autopsy: Spring Lake toddler beaten to death

Posted June 13, 2012
Updated June 14, 2012

— A 16-month old Spring Lake boy found unresponsive at home this week died after being beaten, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

The body of Kaiden Demus was found inside a home at 2716 Edwards Ave., and the initial dispatch call around 9:30 a.m. Monday indicated he had been found unconscious in a bathtub.

Authorities said an autopsy determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Detectives said the child was in the house with one adult when deputies responded to the home.

No charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation, authorities said.


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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jun 14, 2012

    charges should have been filed immediately in the murder of this baby.

  • pebbles262004 Jun 14, 2012

    WHY haven't charges been filed yet...you know they know who did it..If there was only one adult at home...Come on now

  • beaulahjackson4 Jun 14, 2012

    If they know the child was beaten, and there was only one adult at home.......why haven't charges been filed yet? The child certainly didn't beat himself to death. So very sad that a poor, defenseless baby was killed at the hands of either his parent or a caretaker.

  • 2tellitright Jun 14, 2012

    How could you hurt a child of any age? My heart goes out to the child. As for the perpetrator there are no words to describe what should be done to him!!

  • Jun 13, 2012

    The perpetrator should face the same consequences.

  • girlygirl2 Jun 13, 2012

    What is the matter with people?! Good gracious! I have an almost-12-month-old and can't imagine him, or any child, having to endure that kind of torture! My heart hurts for this child.

  • lovecary Jun 13, 2012

    Another innocent child betrayed. May he rest in peace.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 13, 2012

    If he ends up in the general population, he will get the beating he deserves again and again.

    We can only hope. The only way true justice will be served is if they give him/her the same treatment.

  • OneLove Jun 13, 2012

    the fact they quote "beaten to death" throws the "fell and hit his head" theory OUT the window. True; however, that blunt force trauma can occur many many ways.

  • halfpint1552 Jun 13, 2012

    I can't imagine! I have a 15 month old and they are not at an age where they can reason let alone protect themselves. Why in the world would you beat an innocent little child like this? My heart goes out to that little boy with tears in my eyes.