18-year old Dustin Brown on charges that he killed his three month old son.
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Bangor Police have arrested 18-year old Dustin Brown on charges that he killed his three month old son.
The baby, Xander Brown, died November 25th at Eastern Maine Medical Center after Bangor Police responded to a call that the baby was not breathing. In Maine, it is mandatory to perform an autopsy on any child who dies under the age of three.
Lieutenant Timothy Reid with Bangor's Criminal Investigation Division said, "The autopsy was completed the next day. It was obvious that the trauma was inflicted and the investigation ensued at that point."
The Medical Examiner found the cause of death to be inflicted trauma. According to Lieutenant Reid, Xander suffered those traumatic injuries to his head.
Lieutenant Reid said eyewitness testimony helped police figure out who was responsible, "There were several people in the house at the time of the incident and through the investigation it was determined that Dustin was responsible."
Brown is being held at Penobscot County Jail. He will be arraigned Thursday afternoon. If convicted he could face up to 40 years in prison.
This marks the fifth homicide case in Bangor for 2012. There were seven victims in those five cases.