Father Charged with Capital Murder Following Infant Son’s Apparent Choking Death

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A man has been charged with Capital Murder of a Person under 14 Years of Age, following the death of his infant son, who showed signs of being choked.

Maurice Antionne Cartwright was initially arrested and charged with child abuse – aggravated family on May 1.  He was later released on bond.  The child, who showed signs of being choked, died as a result of his injuries on May 2.

Cartwright is currently being held in the Madison County Metro Jail without bond

Investigators learned that Cartwright received his son on Tuesday, April 30, for visitation.  Cartwright stated to police that he put his infant son down for a nap.  Later, when he returned, Cartwright told investigators that the child appeared to have trouble breathing.

Cartwright told authorities that he took his infant son to pick up another son.  He then passed the infant off to his aunt, saying he didn’t know what was wrong.

The aunt immediately took the infant to the emergency room.  Upon arrival, E.R. staff observed that the child showed signs of being choked.

Following a C.T. scan, it was determined that the child was suffering from brain trauma and had severe bleeding, threatening his life.

The child had emergency surgery and later died.  The boy’s name has not been released