According to latest report, a 38-year-old man is accused of allegedly biting and killing his infant son, and blaming it on the neighbor’s pet dog.
Emery James Jenkins, who hails from Deer River, Minnesota, is charged with one felony count of second-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old son.
The baby reportedly died after two days in the hospital. The medical examiner found a skull fracture, blunt force trauma to the body, and biting injuries to the infant’s chest, hands, fingers, feet, and toes.
Jenkins reportedly told police he dropped the baby on his head in a bathtub and that the neighbor’s dog bit the baby boy while he was in a car seat. Jenkins believed the dog bit the baby because the child was wearing a monkey suit.
The baby boy’s mother said she and Jenkins made up the story about the dog before calling 911, according to the criminal complaint.
She said Jenkins bit their son because he was crying. The father then didn’t want to take him to the doctor because of the bleeding bite wounds severe enough to soak through the baby’s clothing.
When police investigated Jenkins’ home, authorities found baby clothes and pillow cases with dried blood stains.
When Jenkins’ previous girlfriends were interviewed, they said that Jenkins has a history of violence and drug abuse, including the use of methamphetamine. One girlfriend told police that Jenkins had slammed a different son’s head into a car door and made verbal threats about hurting the children.
Jenkins has received numerous assault charges. His criminal history includes a felony assault charge in 2010. The man now faced up to 40 years in prison for the murder of the child.