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Moore County man facing charges in the death of his 14-month-old son, sheriff says

Posted October 7, 2019 3:32 p.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2019 3:38 p.m. EDT

Emmanuel Jonathan Reza (Photo: Moore County Sheriff's Office)

— A Moore County man has been arrested in connection with the death of his son last summer, the sheriff's office said Monday.

Emmanuel Jonathan Reza, 20, of Robbins, has been charged with second-degree murder and felony child abuse, causing serious bodily injury, the Moore County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement.

Reza was taken into custody on Friday and was being held Monday on a $1 million bond, according to the sheriff's statement. Reza was scheduled to make a first appearance in court on Wednesday, according to the sheriff's office.

Rescue workers were called to the suspect's home on June 22 on a report of a child suffering from traumatic injuries.

The victim, identified as Noah Emmanuel Reza, 14 months old, was rushed for medical treatment to UNC Medical Center, where he later died, according to the statement.

According to the sheriff, the father said the boy's injuries resulted from a fall inside the house, but investigators concluded after a three-month investigation that the father's story did not match the evidence.

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