Teen Father Charged In Abuse, Death Of 1-Year-Old Daughter

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say the 17-year-old father of baby girl has been charged with abusing and killing her.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday in a news release that Jonathan Blake Barton of Shannon is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of 1-year-old Jadayln Barton.

Authorities say the child was pronounced dead after her parents took her to a hospital. Deputies arrived at the hospital shortly before midnight Tuesday when medical officials called them because the child wasn’t responding and was bruised.

An autopsy was performed Thursday. Sheriff Burnis Wilkins described the infant’s condition as “unspeakable.”

Barton was being held in the Robeson County Detention Center in Lumberton with no bond. A first appearance hearing was scheduled for Friday.