Bond set for father charged with murder of 4-year-old son
Wed, 05 Jan 2011 23:29:27 GMT —
UPDATE Thursday 5:10 p.m.: Bond has been set at $1.1 million for Robert Babcock, the man accused of killing his 4-year-old son, Chance Jones. Babcock is charged with capital murder in his son's death.
The Donley County Sheriff's office said the father called 911 to report the child was injured Tuesday. Upon arrival at the home the boy was found unresponsive and died Wednesday morning. Court documents say that Babcock provided information linking him to the death.
If convicted of the murder, Babcock could face the death penalty.
UPDATE: 8:35 P.M.: According to an affidavit for probable cause, Chance Mark Jones, a four year-old child, lived with Robert Monroe Babcock , the boy's father, outside the city limits of Clarendon, Texas.
Tuesday, the Donley County dispatch office received a 911 call from Babcock stating that his son was injured. Law enforcement and Donley County EMS responded to the scene to find Chance unresponsive. The child was first taken to the Clarendon Associated Ambulance Authority and was then airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. The four year-old died Wednesday morning from his injuries.
In an affidavit filed with the court, Donley County Sheriff Charles E. Blackburn, Jr., stated that Babcock provided information that linked him to the death of his son, Chance. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning in Lubbock, Texas.
"This young, defenseless child suffered a horrific death and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Chance." said Luke Inman, 100th Judicial District Attorney. "The Texas Ranger Division aided the Donley County Sheriff's office and both agencies will continue their investigation into this offense."
If convicted of capital murder, Babcock could face the death penalty.
A 4-year-old boy in Donley County is dead, after he was found unresponsive Tuesday morning around 9:40. Robert Monroe Babcock, the boy's father called 911 reporting that his son was unresponsive. An ambulance and the sheriff's department was dispatched to the home at 12750 County Road W.
Donley County Sheriff Butch Blackburn said there was evidence that the child had been assaulted. The young boy was sent by Lifestar to Northwest Texas Hospital. He died early Wednesday morning.
Blackburn said, Babcock was arrested Tuesday morning and placed in the Donley County jail. He has now been charged with capital murder and will be arraigned Thursday morning.
We will continue to follow the story, and will update with additional information as it becomes available.