A former East Lincoln High School student and Marine stationed at Camp LeJeune has been charged in the death of his two-month-old child, according to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.
Jordan King, 27, of 201 Kennebec Lane in Richlands, is being held without bond and charged with murder.
Onslow County deputies said they initially charged King with intentional child abuse–inflicting serious physical injury on Feb. 8 after the U.S. Naval Hospital told law enforcement officials that King had brought his two-month old son, Deklin John King, there with life-threatening injuries, including damage to his vital organs.
The child, who also had a fractured skull and severe bruising, was later airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where medical officials immediately hooked him up to life support, according to an Onslow County press release.
A murder charge was filed against the military man on Wednesday shortly after the child died.
Onslow County sheriff’s detectives and officers with Camp LeJeune’s Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) teamed up in the case to interview King, the release said.
Lincoln County Schools officials confirmed that King previously attended East Lincoln High School.
King, who is temporarily being represented by Attorney Wally Paramore, has served five years with the Marine Corps and is currently an electrical systems technician.
Paramore has said King is “distraught” over his loss.
The Associated Press also contributed to this report.