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Wake Forest man charged in baby daughter's death

Posted December 11, 2010
Updated December 12, 2010

— A Wake Forest man faces a murder charge in connection with his 14-month-old daughter's death, police said Friday.

Town spokesman Bill Crabtree said that police and EMS crews responding to a 911 call from 522 N. Allen St. Tuesday found Jonathan Blake Perry, 23, alone with his daughter, Jadajai Wright. She had no pulse.

The infant was taken to WakeMed and then flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. She was pronounced dead there.

Neighbor reacts to Wake Forest infant's death Neighbor reacts to Wake Forest infant's death

Two months ago, neighbors attended Jadajai's first birthday party.

"That's what made it so deeply hurtful because the baby had just turned one and we was all sitting out here playing cards two months ago, having a good time," neighbor Derrick Holden said. "And two months later, this happens. It's really tragic."

Holden said Perry shared his house with his daughter and girlfriend, and they seemed happy.

"We're all family out here," said Holden. "For this to come so close and hurt so close to the heart, it reflects on everybody in Wake Forest because we're family out here."

Crabtree declined to release more information about the case amid the ongoing investigation.

The arrest warrants state that Jadajai had swelling on the brain, extensive bleeding in her eyes and a bruised lung. The injuries "caused brain death," the warrants state.

In addition to murder, Perry was charged with felony child abuse involving serious bodily injury.

He was being in the Wake County jail without bond Saturday. His first court appearance was set for Monday morning.

Perry has a single previous conviction, for misdemeanor wanton or willful damage to personal property greater than $200 in 2009, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • gagal Dec 17, 2010

    He is innocent until proven guilty..... But how are you going to feel when it comes out that he let it happen or he did it.....
    Just because you know someone....Doesn't mean you really know them.

  • sumwhatnyce Dec 15, 2010

    Look people...I agree with punishment of a crime of this nature...but i knew this man personally..and let me tell you...something is wrong with this picture...he didn't do this crime...there have been cases where all these injuries that you spoke of were not from abuse....i agree that something happened but not by his hands... J.P.,,,,Hold your head up !!!!!

  • ashleypatterson5792 Dec 13, 2010

    he is innocent until proven quilty!!!!!!!!!!

  • rockontee Dec 13, 2010

    Yes, and let us all pray that justice is served. A baby doesn't get swelling on the brain, blood in the eyes, a broken femur, and bruised lung from falling off of a chair.

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  • bcora99 Dec 13, 2010

    A person is innocent until proven guilty.

  • wfjohnsongang Dec 13, 2010

    That is terrible how can any body hurt a baby like that,they should do the same thing to him as he did to that baby