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MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) -- The father says it was a tragic accident, but police are treating the death of a one-month-old as a murder.
In court today, a detective with Indiana State Police gave graphic details of the case -- but Christopher Coy's family says police got it wrong, and this was nothing more than a tragic accident.
Christopher Coy's case is on the front page of the local newspaper and the talk of the town in Madison, Ind. He walked to court Monday afternoon with a blank stare and in shackles. Coy was arrested in connection with the death of his one-month-old son, Christopher Edward Coy. The child was rushed to the hospital earlier this month after being found unresponsive, and died a few days later.
"The medical examiner's office ruled the cause of death to be blunt force trauma, and the manner of death to be homicide," said Chad Lewis, a prosecutor. "A CT scan was done at that time and discovered a skull fracture, brain bleeding...and hemorrhaging."
But family members -- including Christopher's sister, Tiffany McCleery -- say police got it wrong.
"It is insanely frustrating to put 'murderer' and my brother's name in the same sentence," she said. "There's no way that my brother did this intentionally...he just said that it was an accident...that he was carrying the baby in his car seat and he tripped on the stairs and the accident happened."
Meanwhile, as Coy was escorted back to jail...family members tried to comfort one another with stories of him just a few weeks before this happened.
"You could just tell that he was so excited," McCleery said. "His family was together and he was just...everything was going good...his life was on the right track."
Coy is being held on a $500,000 bond. He's due back in court on Wednesday.