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Cary Father Charged in Infant Son's Death

Posted August 23, 2007
Updated August 24, 2007

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— Cary police arrested Diontay Deshone Williams, 24, of 1307 Castalia Drive, on a murder charge Thursday and accused him of shaking his 7-month-old son to death.

On Wednesday, shortly after 6 p.m., Cary police, fire and emergency medical personnel responded to a call from Williams’ house saying the child was in distress, officials said. The child was taken to Western Wake Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police have not released details about the circumstances surrounding the child's death or the child's name. An autopsy was being performed to determine the exact cause of death.

This was not Williams' first run-in with the law. WRAL found several charges from Guilford County, including assault by strangulation and assault with a deadly weapon.

Williams showed no emotion as he stood before a magistrate Thursday. He was being held at the Wake County Jail without bond. He will make his first court appearance Friday.

The homicide marked the first slaying in Cary this year. The last one occurred in October 2006, authorities said. Cary Police Maj. Tony Godwin said cases like this are the hardest.

“It breaks our hearts to deal with those kinds of calls. Unfortunately, it comes with the territory,” he said.

Neighbor Vicky Cross lives next door to Williams. She was home when emergency crews arrived.

“We didn’t have a clue what was going on,” she said. “We saw one man, young black man, 25ish or so. And he ran to the house and back and forth to the ambulance a couple times, but that’s all we really saw.”