Man faces trial in infant son's death
A Maryland man charged earlier this year in the death of his infant son now faces trial in the York County Court of Common Pleas, according to online court records.
Jonathan Colby Thompson, 31, of 3205 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills, was charged with homicide and endangering child welfare. He waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon, records state.
According to York City Police, Thompson caused the injuries that led to the death of his 2-month-old son last year.
John Rutkowski, who is listed as Thompson's attorney, did not return a message seeking comment.
Child's death: According to police, the child's mother, Allison Barnhart, 31, had returned to work less than two months after the infant was born, and on May 16, 2016, Thompson was tasked with with taking care of the child while Barnhart went to work.
On May 19, 2016, Thompson told Barnhart that the baby had fallen off their bed on the second floor of their home in the 400 block of Juniper Street, documents state. Thompson noticed that the child had decreased activity and was vomiting after the fall, according to police.
The child, who is only referred to as "J.T." in charging documents, was taken to York Hospital on May 20, 2016, and was discharged that day and given medication, court documents said. "Wodie" was the baby's nickname, according to police.
Four days later, the child was taken back to the hospital for a follow-up, and the parents noted that the child had stopped vomiting but was less energetic and was eating less, police said.
Concerns: About noon the next day, the baby was again in Thompson's care, documents state. Police say Thompson texted Barnhart, saying "Wodie is not moving" and "help, help, help."
Thompson was feeding the baby when the baby became unresponsive, police said. He placed the child in the second-floor bathtub and ran the water, and police say Thompson did not see any increase in responsiveness in the child.
Barnhart arrived home and performed CPR on the baby until responders arrived.
Speaking with police, Barnhart later reported that her son was fussier than a normal baby and would cry a lot. She told police she had been concerned "several" times over how Thompson would handle the baby in an aggressive manner, court records state.
Witnesses told police that Thompson was seen holding the baby upside down, picking him up by one arm and holding the baby by his shirt, police said.
"Jonathan Thompson would aggressively rock J.T. in his car seat, and Jonathan Thompson threw J.T. onto the living room couch on at least one occasion," documents state.
Barnhart told police she told Thompson on at least one occasion of her concerns about leaving the infant in his care, according to police.
Injuries: On May 26, 2016, a doctor at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where the child was sent, said the baby had multiple rib fractures, cerebral hematoma, seizures, anemia and possible retinal hematomas behind both eyes, but there was no observed visible bruising to his body, documents state.
The infant was still unconscious and on a ventilator for support.
The baby was declared dead June 10, 2016, and an autopsy was completed June 14.
Police say the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries, with the manner homicide.
In July, Thompson spoke with police, and he told them the day of the incident the baby started to choke on formula and Thompson threw the infant onto a couch in the living room a "little too hard," from a standing position, according to charging documents. Thompson described the couch cushions as "not so thick," police allege.
According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, Thompson was arrested at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 in the 5400 block of Reistertown Road, Baltimore.
He remains in York County Prison without bail.
Thompson's formal arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 21.
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