The dad was initially charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child, but those charges were elevated to murder because the infant died.
A Louisville, KY., man has been charged with murder after police say he struck his infant child in the head with his fist, upset over losing in a video game.
Anthony Trice is facing a murder charge after police said he confessed to punching his one-month-old son in his head. https://t.co/YMmOEv59bj
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According to Louisville Courier-Journal, Anthony Trice, 26, was watching his son on Friday when he apparently lost his temper after losing the game. Trice reportedly became so enraged that he threw the game controller and then viciously punched his one-month-old infant in the head, which caused serious physical injury, according to an arrest citation.
After the incident, police say Trice picked the infant up and attempted to quiet his cries. But as Trice carried the baby into the kitchen, police say Trice then dropped the baby boy.
Afterward, police say Trice brought the baby into a bedroom and sat him up in a seated position, placed a blanket in front of the infant and placed the bottle into his mouth. From there, Trice said he left his son in the room to go to the bathroom but said when he returned he noticed the baby was in pain and this is when he called 911 for help.
The young man reportedly admitted to hitting his infant son during a statement he gave to police. Police say he was also advised of his Miranda Rights but waived them.
The infant was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital but died due to his injuries on Sunday night.
Trice was initially charged on Saturday with first-degree criminal abuse of a child. But those charges were elevated to murder because the infant died.