Child Abuse Case

It may be the first of the year before a preliminary hearing is held for three people charged with child abuse.

News 4 told you last Friday that capital murder charges have been filed against the mother and uncle of a four-month-old baby boy who died from wounds police say appear to have been caused by child abuse.

Twenty-one-year-old Tierra Capri Gobble has been charged with capital murder in the death of her son, Phoenix Jordan Parrish.

She was already facing a charge of first-degree domestic violence.

The victim's uncle, Edgar Parrish, who had legal custody of the child, has also been charged with capital murder.

Twenty-one-year-old Samuel Davis Hunter, Gobble's common-law husband and the victim's father, is charged with aggravated child abuse.

The three suspects appeared in court Friday.

District Judge John Steensland denied bond for them.

The child died Wednesday at a Dothan hospital.

The baby was taken there after the Houston County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call reporting that he was not breathing.

An autopsy performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Mobile revealed the baby had blunt force trauma injuries to his head.