A Milwaukee man allegedly punched his 2-month-old son in the head and killed him.
The baby’s mother told cops Kenta Evans, 21, came over to her house June 5 to see the baby and began accusing her of having other men in the house. Evans allegedly took Jessica McNeal’s cell phone and “smashed it against the wall” before assaulting her and the child, Jaquerrion Dancer.
At one point, McNeal picked up Jaquerrion and backed away from Evans. After she sat down, Evans punched her “repeatedly with closed fists” as she held the baby.
While McNeal called the police, Evans fled and her sister took Jaquerrion to the hospital.
The baby died later that day around 9 p.m. and, after an autopsy, the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.
Police arrested Evans at his mother’s home where he was found hiding in a closet.
In an interview with police on June 6, Evans told police he tried to pry Jaquerrion away from McNeal. Unsuccessful, he then “became frustrated and began punching” McNeal repeatedly.
Evans “admitted he caused the injuries by punching” Jaquerrion “multiple times with a closed fist” after seeing the injuries to the baby’s head.
Evans was charged with first degree reckless homicide in the death of his infant.
Jaquerrion was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with respiratory failure where doctors then diagnosed him with skull fractures, hemorrhaging and other brain injuries, according to a criminal complaint.
Evans is being held on $200,000 bond. He made his initial appearance in court on June 10 and is due back next Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
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