Kings Mountain Man Faces Murder Charges After Baby Dies In Hospital

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — A man is facing charges after a baby suffered from trauma-related injuries and died at a hospital.

Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputies were called to 126 Ferguson Drive in Kings Mountain around 9:10 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 to assist Emergency Medical Services with a cardiac arrest calls. When they arrived on scene, they found a mother performing CPR on her 7-month-old son. Deputies continued CPR until EMS arrived soon after.

Parents Brittany Bell and her boyfriend, James Locust, left their son, Damion, with 24-year-old Garrett Frederick, an acquaintance who was taking care of the boy while the couple went out for dinner. When Bell and Locust returned home approximately 35 minutes later, Frederick reportedly informed the couple that there was something wrong with the baby.

Officials say Frederick did not attempt to call 911 or anyone else to get the baby medical assistance. He has outstanding warrants for his arrest and fled from the home after Bell and Locust called 911.

The infant was unconscious when deputies and EMS personnel arrived. Damion was transported to Carolinas HealthCare Systems – Kings Mountain, and later transported by helicopter to Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Doctors identified evidence of trauma-related injuries and further determined that even if the infant survived, he would likely be brain-dead as a result of the trauma.

Two days later, baby Damion died as a result of his injuries.

“Anyone who would do this to an innocent, defenseless baby is an evil coward. My faith tells me that he will have a day of reckoning in front of the Almighty, once his time on this earth is over,”Sheriff Alan Norman said. “In the meantime, our detectives will put together a case that ensures he is held accountable to the laws of this state, and he will not be able to do this to any other defenseless victims. During the course of our work, our deputies sometimes see the worst of what humans can do to each other. We take some small satisfaction from the fact that we can hold the perpetrators of pure evil acts accountable.”

Frederick has been charged with first degree murder. He was arrested at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at 157 Galilee Church Road and then transferred to the Cleveland County Detention Center with no bond.