Murder and felony child abuse charges were filed Thursday against a 41 year-old man in connection with the death of his two month-old baby. Wayne Crocker Jr. of Baker Chapel Church Road, Mount Olive was arrested yesterday by detectives with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
On January 25th, 2021, deputies were notified by the Department of Social Services regarding the treatment of the baby. Wayne County EMS had transported the child to the hospital and doctors reportedly found physical injuries to the infant.
On January 29, 2021 the baby died at Vidant Hospital from the injuries.
Following an investigation by the State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne Crocker Jr. was arrested February 4th and charged with murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. Authorities did not release details on what physical injuries that doctors discovered, but they did confirm Crocker was the father of the baby victim.
Crocker is being held in the Wayne County Jail without privilege of bail.