He could face life in prison or the death penalty if he is found guilty of the open murder charge against him.
A man accused of murdering a baby had his first court appearance Thursday morning.
James T. Burroughs Jr., 27, of Havelock, appeared before Judge Walter Mills and was told he could face life in prison or the death penalty if he is found guilty of the open murder charge against him.
Burroughs was arrested Wednesday, the day after a two-month-old infant who he was babysitting died.
The infant was first injured on Jan. 19 while Burrows was watching it. He had become resident in the home of the baby’s mother, sheriff’s deputies said, but was not her boyfriend. He was watching the baby while the mother was at work.
EMTs were called to the scene on reports that an infant was having trouble breathing. The infant was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern and then on to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where it died on Tuesday. The sheriff’s office said the cause of death was injuries consistent with child abuse.
The sheriff’s office has not released the name or address of the woman or the victim.
Burroughs is being held at Craven County Jail without bail.
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