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  • Father charged with murder in Kinston baby's death

    Published On: Sep 15 2014 05:06:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 16 2014 11:18:45 AM CDT
    KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY -

    Kinston Police say they have charged a man with murder in the death of his 1-month-old baby, who died of "abusive head trauma" and other injuries.

    According to the Kinston Department of Public Safety, officers arrested 20-year-old Ricky Lee Clark Jr. at about 4:30 p.m. Monday at his home. Clark is charged with an open count of murder in the death of his 1-month-old son, Caden Demari Williams, of Hill Street.

    During his first court appearance Tuesday morning, the judge denied bond for Clark. The judge made it clear that Clark could be sentenced to death if convicted.  The district attorney said more charges are expected.

    Kinston Police said Caden died on Feb. 17. At that time, the cause of death was undetermined.

    But an autopsy later revealed that the baby's death was a homicide, said investigators. Caden died from "abusive head trauma and blunt/compressive force injuries of the trunk," according to the autopsy report (more details later in the article).

    On Aug. 20, the Kinston Department of Public Safety reopened the investigation, ultimately leading to the arrest of Clark on Monday.

    Baby Caden's mother, Tyrianna Williams, said she was relieved after Clark was taken into custody.

    "It feels like a whole lot has been lifted off of me now that I know he's locked up," said Williams.

    Williams said Clark never told her what happened in the hours before Caden's death.

    THE DAY OF CADEN'S DEATH:

    According to the autopsy report, 1-month-old Caden was in the care of his father when he coughed up blood on Feb. 17. The father then changed the baby's clothes and put him back to bed, the report says.

    About an hour later, the father checked on Caden and found the 1-month-old unresponsive, the report states. The baby's parents and paternal grandparents then took the infant to Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

    The report says the baby had no pulse and CPR was performed. But the infant was not responsive and was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m. on Feb. 17,  just 16 minutes after arriving at the hospital, according to the report.

    AUTOPSY RESULTS (Details are graphic):

    The Brody School of Medicine at ECU performed the autopsy on Caden.

    "Autopsy examination revealed acute subdural hemorrhage suspicious for abusive head trauma as well as rib fractures, contusions of the thymus and right middle lobe of the lung, and multiple lacerations of the liver," the report says.

    The 1-month-old was suffering from subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain), according to the report. In addition, the baby had mild brain swelling and retinal bleeding, as well as a skull fracture, a spinal cord injury, and four rib fractures.

    "[The injuries are] consistent with compressive grasping of the infant by the chest and vigorously shaking and slamming the infant against a relatively soft but nonyielding object. Striking the infant with a hand or fist would produce similar injuries," the report states.

    Further examination of the baby's brain revealed that the injuries were acute and occurred within hours of the baby's death, according to the report. An examination of the spinal cord revealed that the injuries were acute and in the process of healing, with some prior injuries dating back at least two to four days, the report says.

    The baby's rib fractures were healing, indicating that the injuries had occurred several days prior to his death, the report states.

    The report explains that the infant could have appeared relatively normal just hours before the fatal injuries were inflicted.

    Based on the findings, the report concluded that the cause of death is "abusive head trauma and blunt/compressive force injuries of the trunk."

    In addition to his mother, father and grandparents, 1-month-old Caden is survived by a sister, according to his obituary.

  • Norovirus spreading at ECU

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 05:03:24 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 05:16:18 PM CST
    GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

    Officials at ECU say they've seen at least 60 cases of norovirus on campus in the past two weeks.

    The virus is considered highly contagious and causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

    The main concern, medical professionals say, is dehydration.

    Most people recover from the virus in about 1-3 days but for the young, old and those with compromised immune systems, it can lead to more serious complications.

    Jolene Jernigan, the director for Student Health Services at ECU, says people with the virus can be contagious for weeks after they feel healthy.

    "Norovirus can be shed for up to two more weeks so people can be out there normal, passing it along and not know it," said Jernigan.

    Jernigan said frequent hand-washing is the only way to prevent contracting the virus. She says that hand sanitizer won't cut it.

    If someone in your home has norovirus, Jernigan suggested that one bathroom be designated for their use only. She also said cleaning all surfaces with bleach can help stop the spread of the virus.

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for ENC

    Published On: Mar 05 2015 05:29:22 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 05:38:12 AM CST
    EASTERN N.C. -

    A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for mainly northern counties late Thursday into Friday morning.

    You are waking up to warm temperatures and some sunshine through the region this morning.

    The clouds thicken up with showers across northern counties by noon time Thursday. Showers will spread from north to south this afternoon as temperatures drop.

    After sunset colder air could mix in and change over to sleet and freezing rain. The Winter Weather Advisory was issued for 6 p.m. Thursday until 4 a.m. Friday.

    We'll start to clear out by sunrise Friday morning with cold and blustery conditions and temperatures barely above freezing for the majority of the day on Friday.

    Stay with our StormTrack 12 Meteorologists for latest on this weather pattern and how it could affect the safety of you and your family.

  • Huge gator blocks the road

    Published On: Mar 05 2015 09:45:40 PM CST

    This big guy took his time crossing a stretch of road in Brunswick County on Thursday.

    WINNABOW, BRUNSWICK COUNTY -

    Drivers along a stretch of road in Brunswick County saw a rare and frightening sight on Thursday.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation shared a photo of a huge alligator blocking a road near Winnabow.

    Workers say the gator made it safely across.

  • Crews pull truck from retention pond

    Published On: Mar 05 2015 08:51:19 PM CST

    Truck pulled from pond behind New Bern Mall.

    NEW BERN -

    A person reported seeing a vehicle in a retention pond behind the New Bern Mall on Thursday evening and called 9-1-1.

    New Bern Police say the vehicle was submerged by the time they got there.  Officers jumped into the water to search the truck and see if anyone was inside.  They found nothing.

    Fire department rescue personnel helped officers pull the truck out of the water.  Officers say they eventually found the driver inside the mall.

    Police say no one was injured but charges might be filed.

  • Father charged with murder in Kinston baby's death

    Published On: Sep 15 2014 10:22:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 15 2014 11:01:32 PM CDT
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    Published On: Mar 05 2015 03:34:57 PM CST

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  • Vince Vaughn leaves his prints on Hollywood

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 05:50:17 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 02:17:33 PM CST

    During a ceremony where Vince Vaughn left his handprints and footprints on a Hollywood sidewalk, the actor thanked actor/director Jon Favreau for helping launch his career.

  • Passengers react after plane skids off LaGuardia runway

    Published On: Mar 05 2015 03:59:45 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 03:20:41 PM CST

    Passengers talk about their frightening flying experience when a Delta airplane slid off a runway Thursday at New York's LaGuardia Airport and nearly went into the frigid East River.

  • Homeowner moves house for Highway 17 bypass

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 05:35:57 PM CST