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Father Charged With Murder After 4-Month-Old Son Falls From Moving Vehicle

Posted June 1, 2005

— Fayetteville police have filed an additional charge in the death of a 4-month-old baby who fell out of a moving sport utility vehicle last week.

Isaac Godfrey, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder, the Fayetteville Police Department said Wednesday.

Fayetteville police said the infant fell out of a moving sport utility vehicle when Godfrey jumped out to avoid a traffic stop. The baby later died at the hospital.

Last week, police also charged Godfrey with felony child abuse and felony breaking and entering from a previous incident.

On Tuesday, a judge appointed Godfrey a lawyer and kept his bail at $55,000 secured. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 15.

A deputy who took Godfrey to see the baby at the hospital is still on administrative leave. Deputy Peggy Cook, of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, was off duty when she took Godfrey, after he surrendered, in her personal car to see his son.

Godfrey, currently in the Cumberland County Detention Center, will not be allowed to attend his son's funeral, officials said.

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