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Shaken Raleigh infant dies; father faces murder charge

Posted February 6, 2012
Updated February 7, 2012

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— A 6-month-old boy who suffered severe brain damage after being violently shaken two weeks ago has died, police said Monday. Child abuse charges against his father have been upgraded to murder.

Christopher Scott Childers Jr., 5 months old at the time, was injured in the early morning hours of Jan. 21 and transported to WakeMed, where he died Sunday. His father, 28-year-old Christopher Scott Childers, of 216-B E. Lenoir St., was originally charged with intentional child abuse.

He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $50,000 bond Monday. A warrant charging him with murder had been served, but a judge had not yet considered whether to raise his bond. He is scheduled to make his first appearance for the murder charge Tuesday at 2 p.m. He will also be in court Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. for the child abuse charge.  

In a 911 call, a woman identifying herself as the child's mother said she and her husband woke up and discovered the boy wasn't breathing.

"He's not awake. He's not responsive. Oh God, please help me," the woman said. Raleigh father charged infant's shaking death Raleigh father charged in infant's shaking death

The infant lived in a downtown Raleigh apartment with his mother, Childers and another adult. That roommate, who did not want to be identified, said he never saw Childers lose his temper.

A downstairs neighbor, however, said she frequently heard banging and yelling coming from the apartment.


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  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Feb 8, 2012

    Lord please hold this child in your loving arms.

  • Wendellcatlover Feb 7, 2012

    He's in jail where he should remain for the rest of his life. Last night the news quoted the mother as saying he had beaten her before...Why was she still living in a situation with a violent man? The murder of her child is her fault as well. She was negligent and now her innocent baby is gone...forever! It never ceases to amaze me how many mothers put their children in jeopardy just to have a man!

  • connieleigh4 Feb 7, 2012

    Jail is too good for this low life! I agree with siberianbabe2002...I vote that justice should be carried out now and save us taxpayers alot of money....firing squad anyone? LOL

  • Skyyecatfromafar Feb 7, 2012

    Never in my life would I have been supportive of vigilantes. But after reading the responses to this horrific story . . I've had a change of thought. And I rather suspect I'm not totally alone in my thinking . .

    Just saying. . .

  • bitsyfae1 Feb 7, 2012

    And they want to make abortion illegal. This is one of those times where I think, if this couple didn't want a baby, they were probably right to think that and shouldn't have. Poor, innocent child suffered needlessly at the hands of the people he was supposed to be able to trust. And if you find yourself doing things that seem dangerous to the baby...have enough sense to give the baby up. But that never happens. So sad. And please watch your Period of Purple Crying video that the hospitals are giving out when you have a baby. It might save a baby's life.

  • Tarheel born Feb 7, 2012

    I'd be glad to take care of this low life as I'm sure many of us would. There needs to be a special type of justice for (GOLO won't let me say it) such as in the swamp maybe.

  • SunnyDays Feb 6, 2012

    $50,000 Bond for murder, this is a mistake, right?

  • ladyblue Feb 6, 2012


    next time you witness this call 911 for the police.. CPS can't evade the complaints forever.

  • ladyblue Feb 6, 2012

    A warrant charging him with murder had been served, but a judge had not yet considered whether to raise his bond.

    I hope they do raise the bail as this man needs to stay locked up. I wonder if the baby had suffered abuse previously, and if so, I want to know when the mama gets her warrant for endangering a child if nothing else or for lying to them about why child wasn't breathing. that could hold up the diagnosis of the infant at time of emergency while they are running other unnecessary tests searching for other medical reasons. This is just so heart wrenching.

  • MitziGaynor Feb 6, 2012

    You are having a bad day...then you read this and if makes your problems seem so small.

    No words to expess the sorrow and disgust. RIP little one.