19-year-old Clint Corydon Nokes from Clearfield is being charged with the murder of his 7-week-old son. In a moment of uncontrolled anger, Nokes threw the baby, which became the main cause of death.
Nokes called 911 right after the incident, saying that his baby was not breathing. According to the doctors at Davis Hospital and Medical Center, the baby was admitted with numerous bruises on his head and ribs, a skull fracture, bleeding into the brain and detached retinas. After an initial examination, the baby was then moved to the Primary Children's Hospital, where he died on December 2, only 10 hours after being admitted.
Based on the records available to us, this was not the first incident of abuse. Nokes has been repeatedly abusing the baby between November 26 and December 1. His aggressive actions have caused “broken bones, a fractured skull, spinal damage, detached retinas, and other injuries.”
The father confessed his actions to the police, stating that he was annoyed with the baby's crying and he couldn't take it anymore, so he 'exploded.' He also admitted to chucking him on the couch, holding the baby up and shaking him, which caused the baby's head to move up and down. The abuse doesn't stop there. The father also admitted to dropping the baby in the sink, where he struck his head.
All these actions can be harmless to a fully grown person, but they can be fatal to a child's delicate body. Nokes was charged with a second-degree felony - an intentional child abuse that resulted in a serious injury, and a first-degree felony - an aggravated murder.
Nokes' first court hearing will be held on Monday.