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UPDATE: Wanted Bluefield father arrested for allegedly killing eight week-old son

Local - 6/18/2014 12:40 PM by Rebecca Turco

UPDATE:

Cassidy Benjamin Byrd's bond was set to $100,000. He is in Southern Regional Jail.

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ORIGINAL: 6/18/14, 9:31 a.m.

BLUEFIELD - A Mercer County man wanted for the death of his eight week-old son was arrested after several police agencies conducted a nearly two week-long manhunt.

Cassidy Benjamin Byrd, 23, of Bluefield is charged with child abuse by a parent resulting in death.

Bluefield Police Detective K. L. Adams said authorities found and apprehended Byrd at his parents' house on Princeton Avenue Tuesday night following a tip.

Adams said the investigation began April 5, when Byrd was home alone with his son and called 911 stating his child was not breathing. The baby was transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival, according to Adams. 

Police sent the remains to the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office and issued a warrant for Byrd's arrest on June 6, when the autopsy results reportedly showed that a strike to the baby's head had killed him.

Byrd is in Southern Regional Jail awaiting arraignment.


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