JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - An Onslow County judge has issued no bond for the Camp Lejeune Marine charged with murder in the death of an 11-month-old child. The judge also said the Marine will be appointed an attorney due to the severity of the crime.
In addition to an open count of murder, 23-year-old LCpl. Matthew Scott Krause, of Maysville, has been charged with negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and abuse and neglect, according to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said emergency workers went to a home at 113 Spring Branch Ln. in Maysville on July 28 and found the 11-month-old infant unresponsive. The baby was in the care of Krause, the mother's boyfriend, according to investigators.
The infant was taken to the Naval Hospital aboard Camp Lejeune before being transferred to Vidant Medical Center, where the child died on July 29, deputies said.
The N.C. Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and on Tuesday, officials said the infant suffered injuries consistent with "Shaken Baby Syndrome."
Sheriff Ed Brown says most of his cases like this stem from the caretaker getting angry with the baby's crying.
"The baby has no other way to communicate, except to cry, and when they cry, they probably got a problem that with a little bit of patience, you can resolve it, whether it's hunger, wet diaper, rash or something," Brown said.
Brown says an arrest was made more than two months later because investigators were waiting for Zander's autopsy reports with an official cause of death. He says medical examiners have been thorough in their investigation.
"The medical examiners are going to be the ones who will be on the stand testifying, and they're going to make sure they've got their evidence right before they give the go ahead for criminal charges, and that is what has happened," Brown said.
Krause, who had been in the Brig aboard Camp Lejeune since the death of the infant, was turned over to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office to be charged, investigators said. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office worked with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service on this case.'
"When it comes to somebody who has no defense whatsoever, then we in law enforcement and the medical examiners, when something happens to them, have to be their defenders," Brown said.
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