ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A 4-month-old baby who authorities say was fatally beaten by his father in a car was “black and blue” when the father dropped him off at home last Thursday, the baby’s mother said in court documents.
Kimberly Ann Chrystie requested an order of protection Friday for her 4-month-old son, Jayceon Chrystie, according to court documents, but her filing came too late.
Jayceon died Saturday and the boy’s father, 35-year-old Daniel Cox, now faces a murder charge. During his first court appearance Monday, a judge set his bond at $500,000. Cox remained silent during the hearing.
According to court records, a witness called authorities Thursday after seeing a man in a gold Mercury Grand Marquis hitting a child in a car seat several times.
Witness Dena Stevenson told WLKY-TV that she and husband were concerned and called 911.
About 15 minutes after officers began searching for the car, police received a call from Chrystie’s home.
In her court filing, Chrystie said Cox returned the child “all beat up” after having him for only a couple of hours.
“I called 911 as soon as I seen my son,” she said in the document.
Jayceon was not breathing and had no pulse, court documents show. Emergency medics tried to resuscitate the baby, who was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Police wrote that Jayceon’s left eye was swollen shut, his right cheek was swollen and he had “major bruising on his back and buttocks.”
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Robert Fraction told The Associated Press on Sunday that Jayceon died of an “inflicted traumatic injury to the head.”
Cars lined the driveway and street outside the baby’s mother’s house Monday. A relative there said they were preparing funeral arrangements and declined to comment.
The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing Friday for Daniel Cox.