OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) — [UPDATE: February 28, 2017]
A man accused of murdering his two-month old son in Ozark told police he killed the infant because of the child was crying.
Jaylin Jamal Toles, 19, first denied to police knowledge of how his son died but later admitted he hit the child’s head on the surface of stairs.
The information was divulged in an arrest report obtained by WTVY.
The victim, identified in court records as Jaylin Jamal Toles, Jr., was found unresponsive in an apartment that Toles apparently shared with the child’s mother who was not home when the death occurred.
The report states that Toles, Sr. first made statements to investigators inconsistent with findings of the staff at Dale Medical Center where the child was pronounced dead. He first claimed the infant fell out of the bed.
Toles later amended his story, admitting he “violently” struck the child’s head on the surface of the stairs.
The report shows that he killed his son about 11:00 p.m. Friday night but paramedics were not called for nearly three hours.
Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said initial forensics tests showed there was trauma inflicted but final results won’t be available for several weeks.
Attorneys Joseph Gallo and Matt Lamere were appointed to represent Toles.
A 19-year old man was charged over the weekend with capital murder in connection with his two-month-old son's death. Jaylin Jamal Toles was arrested several hours after the infant was found dead Saturday morning at a home on Claybank Street.
“During the investigation, we discovered some suspicious circumstances and conducted several interviews. (We) collected items of physical evidence,” Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said.
An autopsy will be performed in the next day or two and Walker deferred comment on cause of death until results are received.
However, multiple sources familiar with the case say blunt force trauma appears likely.
Alabama allows capital murder charges when the victim is under 14-years old. If convicted, Toles could receive the death penalty.
The name of the infant was not released.