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Father charged in Harnett newborn's death

Posted December 4, 2020 11:59 a.m. EST
Updated December 4, 2020 8:59 p.m. EST

— A South Carolina man was charged Thursday with killing his newborn son in Harnett County last week.

The father, Christopher Joseph Riddle, 28, of Blenheim, S.C.was charged with murder. He is being held at the Harnett County jail without bond.

The uncle called 911 shortly before 3 a.m. on Nov. 23 to report the unresponsive child at 1944 Cameron Hill Road.

On the 911 call, the uncle said, ""My nephew's not breathing. He's under a week old. He was just born Tuesday."

The 5-day-old boy, named Tristan, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined that the infant suffered blunt force trauma to the head, authorities said.

The baby's mother and uncle were in the house when deputies arrived, trying to revive the child, but investigators determined the baby's father also had been in the home earlier.

Riddle was arrested Thursday in South Carolina and extradited to North Carolina. He was picked up by investigators at his father's house in Blemheim, a small town about 50 minutes from where the baby was found.

"Obviously we continued with the investigation while we were waiting on the autopsy report,” investigator Arron Meredith said. “Baby Tristan had blunt force to both sides of his head."

Investigators aren’t saying what led to the death of the child.

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