Autopsy reveals cause of death in infant murder case

Father charged in two-month-old son's murder

POSTED: 11:04 AM Feb 13 2013   UPDATED: 6:51 PM Feb 19 2013
Jordan King in court
ONSLOW COUNTY -

An autopsy report released Tuesday ruled that the death of a two-month-old boy, allegedly by the hands of his Marine father, was a homicide.

The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death of Deklin King as a homicide caused by blunt force injuries of head.  The child suffered skull fractures and other injuries, and passed away on Feb. 13th. 

King's father, Camp Lejeune Marine Jordan King, 27, was charged with his son's murder.  He was being held under no bond at the Onslow County Jail.

According to arrest warrants, King fractured his two-month-old son's skull in two places. The child also suffered severe bruising in the back of the head.  The baby's crying may have set the father off, said Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown.

"The injuries were so severe to the vital organs of the baby [that] without the life support, he could not live," Sheriff Brown said.

King brought his son to the US Naval Hospital after the assault on February 8th, and the infant was later transported to Vidant Medical Center, deputies said.  At 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 13, the baby's life support was removed. He died about two hours later.

A neighbor said he had no idea that an attack took place.

"I didn't see anything coming out of there," said William Corzo, who lives just down the road from the Kings. "No screaming, no yelling; nothing like that. It's sad. It's a two-month-old baby. It's literally heartbreaking."

King is a Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 22 at Camp Lejeune. According to base officials, King joined the Marine Corps in April, 2008, and is an electrical systems technician.