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Chatham County man charged in murder of infant son

Posted December 21, 2015

— A Chatham County man was charged Friday in connection with the death of his 5-month-old son.

Jeffery Scott Ferguson Jr., 24, of 98 Haywood Road in Moncure, was arrested at Pullen Park in Raleigh and charged with murder, non-negligent manslaughter and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

According to an arrest warrant, Ferguson committed an assault that resulted in Carson Fisher Ferguson suffering an epidural hematoma in the right side of his head and retinal hemorrhages with subdural hematomas in both eyes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the baby's injuries were consistent with the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome.

"You don't just shake a child," said Ferguson's neighbor, Nora Smith.

A GoFundMe page set up by friend of the family claims the baby was hospitalized after having a seizure.

An obituary stated that the child died on Dec. 6 at UNC Hospitals with his family by his side. The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said they were contacted by UNC Hospitals on the morning of Dec. 5 about the potential case of child abuse.

Weeks after his death, flowers and green bulldozers sat at the burial place of Carson Ferguson. Neighbor Laquanda Jiggetts said the tragedy touched many who lived in the same neighborhood as the infant. She recalled the big turnout at his funeral.

"There were so many people and so many fire departments out there," she said.

Moncure Fire Chief Robert Shi said in a statement that Ferguson had been a volunteer with the department since July 2012 and had been in good standing.

"Moncure is a tight-knit community and the loss of little Carson is a tragedy that has affected everyone who knows the family. It weighs heavily on our hearts and this new development makes a tough situation even tougher," said Shi.

Jiggetts echoed that statement.

"In this community, we really care a lot about our children, so it really hurts us," she said.

Ferguson is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court on Jan. 4.


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  • Chase Truman Dec 22, 2015
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    Wait, can people explain to me why they have sympathy and prayers for the father who killed his child?

  • Remah Howell Dec 22, 2015
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    My prayers to the family and also to the father. It is so sad.

  • Felicia Sturdivant Dec 22, 2015
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    I'm sorry but 24 isn't too young to have a baby, it's young but not too young...I'm sick of folks saying it's so young, plenty of people have babies/families at and don't do this! It's a very sad situation and I feel awful for all parties involved.

  • Janet Ghumri Dec 22, 2015
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    What a horrible story. My heart goes out to the family, especially the father. Having a child at a young age, and trying to support a family is serious. All it takes is one moment of loss of control. Just one moment, and he will always have to suffer the pain of knowing he took his sons life! My prayers for this family.

  • Chase Truman Dec 22, 2015
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    "Should have done the cowardly thing and walked away"? So you're a coward if you choose to not shake a baby to death?? Did you even think that comment through before you said it?

  • Arthur Raleigh Dec 22, 2015
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    Babies having babies!

  • Kristin Byrne Dec 21, 2015
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    24 isn't that young. Definitely old enough to know better. Should have done the cowardly thing and walked away. At least the baby would be alive.

  • Jacob Smith Dec 21, 2015
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    I probably happens "y accident" and with great remorse when young people have children and the new pressure to provide a home and care for them, all the while managing the evr increasing pressures just to make a living.

    A vary sad story - and the picture of a sad man.

    Many lives altered - and none for the better.

  • Sonja Yagel Dec 21, 2015
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    Please tell me how can you kill a baby? They are so precious and innocent, how do you do abusive things to a baby to the point you kill them? I would like to know what these people think. I couldn't do it to an animal much less my baby.