Radcliff man pleads not guilty in fatal beating of 4-month-old son
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Radcliff man charged with murder after he allegedly punched his 4-month-old son over and over while driving in Hardin County has pleaded not guilty.
Police say 35-year-old Daniel Cox punched his son, Jayceon Chrystie, numerous times in the face while driving on Dixie Boulevard in Hardin County on Aug. 6.
Cox showed no emotion as the judge read the charges against him other than to shake his head.
Dena Stevenson, who says she was driving behind Cox and witnessed the beating, called 911.
"It's hard to know that you saw this actually happen," said Stevenson.
"He would swing and he was hitting so hard, the force was so hard, every time he'd do it, he would swerve over into the other lane," Stevenson recalled.
Stevenson says once they realized the man was hitting a baby, they called 911. Stevenson says the beating continued for about seven miles.
"He would hit the child, turn around, drive his car, bounce to his music, fix his little hat, like it ain't nothing," Stevenson said.
A neighbor says Cox left Jayceon in the driveway of his mother's home.
"I noticed a young lady screaming," said Mary Brown. "I ran to her and I asked her what was going on. And then she had told me then that her baby was dead."
Jayceon was rushed to the hospital, but died after being removed from life support on Aug. 8.
Cox was arrested at the VA hospital in Louisville on Aug. 7, and arraigned by video on Aug. 10.
Family members were in the courtroom, but did not want to speak on camera.
Cox remains jailed on a $500,000 cash bond on a murder-domestic violence charge. His next court appearance was set for Aug. 14.
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