Prosecutor: Father charged with murder

Allen Ray Walker Jr. (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Allen Ray Walker Jr. (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney charged a Cape Girardeau man with second degree murder after his seven-week-old son died.

Allen Ray Walker Jr., 21, already faces a charge of 1st degree assault after officers were called to a Cape Girardeau hospital for possible child abuse on Sunday.

Investigators say the seven-week-old child had skull fractures, a large brain bleed, and various bruises.

The infant, also named Allen Walker, was taken to a St. Louis hospital for further treatment.  The child died Thursday afternoon.

Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle says after getting the autopsy results he is upgrading the charges against Walker to Second degree murder.  Swingle is also charging Walker with felony endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say 21-year-old Allen Ray Walker was taking care of the child when the child was hurt.

The child's mother came home from work, noticed the baby was pale and had a bruise above his eye, and took him to the hospital.

Walker first said he didn't know what happened, then said a Pack n Play fell on the child, according to the probable cause statement.  He denied knowing how the child was injured.

Walker pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault in June 2008.

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