Man Faces Death Penalty in Death of His Infant Son

A Dothan man charged with capital murder in the death of his infant son has been declared competent to stand trial.

42-year-old Tony Dent was in court for a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning.

Prosecutors say he intentionally caused the death of 5-month-old Christopher Dent in April of last year.

Dent took his baby to a hospital saying the child had breathing problems.

The boy actually had suffered a brain injury and was transferred to a Birmingham hospital, where he later died.

Authorities say Dent allegedly caused the injury by throwing his son against a couch.

If convicted Dent could face the death penalty.

He's being held without bond in the Houston County Jail.

His trial is set to begin August 27th.