Former Montgomery County detention officer charged with murder

A former Montgomery County detention officer has been arrested on murder charges in Pitt County.

Jonathan Brooks was arrested Sept. 18 and charged with the murder of his five-month-old child. (photo courtesy Pitt Co. N.C. Sheriff's Office)

Jonathan Brooks was arrested Sept. 18 and charged with the murder of his five-month-old child. (photo courtesy Pitt Co. N.C. Sheriff’s Office)

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.

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17 Responses to Former Montgomery County detention officer charged with murder

  1. Rorschach says:

    This is what happens especially in Montgomery County, there is no rule here other than might makes right. This man was just caught somewhere else beside Montgomery County, What did this man get away with before something a horrid as this? I know for a fact they have been investigated in Montgomery but never so much as one officer fired, when I know full well how dastardly and dubious these hired thugs work. Let this be a lesson to anyone who will read this, they are not your friends.

    • 123456 says:

      Indeed they are not your friends .. but a least the Jordan brothers are gone .. they were evil to the bone , and they went after anyone that they didn’t like .. sadly some of their friends are still in law enforcement .

  2. Jamie Kellis says:

    I know Jonathan Brooks, and I have never known him to be violent or “horrid.” I don’t know what happened more than any other outside viewer, but I think until you know you shouldn’t condemn. (By the way, I’m from Montgomery County, and dastardly & dubious are nowhere near explaining how corrupt some of our officers/government officials are, but there are also a few good ones, and for those we always hope for in a crisis.)

  3. 123456 says:

    He must have been some of the Jordan brother’s friend … A lot happened when they were in charge .. esp a murder at Badin Lake Resort .

    • hamilton says:

      nope that was me !!

      • 123456 says:

        So you are admitting to a murder .. maybe you could give more information .. since you are getting things off your chest .. wouldn’t want the sorry Jordan brothers getting blamed for killing Ms. Richardson .

  4. Billi Jo Tate says:

    Well i dont know Jonathon Brooks and personaly i think 2 million bail isnt anywhere near enough there should be no bail for these people they should rot in hell the child did not ask to be brought into this world and he had no right to take it out of this world

  5. Gayla Harris says:

    Innocent Until Proven Guilty. I’m not defending or condemning Jonathan. I’m just stating a fact that is known about this. There should definitely be more investigation & solid proof.

  6. Charity Shue says:

    I’ve known Johnathon for years and nevr would I have ever thought he could have done something of this nature. Being from Montgomery County doesn’t make you a thug!!

  7. veronica says:

    I’ve Known jonthan for years. We even attended school together and I would never think that he would do something like that ever! I get chills every time I think about it and yes there should be more investigation and proof. Innocent until proven guilty!

  8. 123456 says:

    Most people who are molesters and abusers look like everyday people .. the prison is full of people like him .

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