A former Montgomery County detention officer has been arrested on murder charges in Pitt County.
WITN-TV in Greenville reports that 28-year-old Jonathan Brooks was arrested Wed., Sept. 18, and charged with the murder of his five-month-old son, who died in July.
On the night of the injury, Brooks is said to have called 911 and reported that the baby was unresponsive. Following overnight observation, doctors took the child off life support the next day.
Following two months of investigation, the Pitt County medical examiner concluded the child’s fatal head injury was not accidental. Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks told the station the child had another “episode” prior to the fatal injury. At that time, the baby was said to have stopped breathing and had also been vomiting.
According to the state Attorney General’s Office, Jonathan Brooks was a detention officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office from November 2010 to January 2012. A source told WMTG today that Brooks moved to his fiancée’s home of Pitt County when she took a job there. WITN reported that the couple and her parents all resided in the home with the baby.
Jonathan Brooks had a first court appearance Sept. 19. At last check, he was in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $2 million bond.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story identified the baby’s mother as Brooks’ wife. A source later informed WMTG that Karen Pearman is Brook’s fiancée.