Bullitt County man admits to drug use before alleged assault on 4-month-old


by Kyle Brown


Posted on January 13, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 14 at 1:02 AM

(WHAS11)--A Bullitt County man appeared in court Wednesday morning on charges of assaulting his girlfriend’s twin boys.
18-year-old Samuel Harris, Jr. is accused of abusing 4-month-old twin boys Aiden and Braden on Monday night at a home in North Bullitt County.
Both boys were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital where, according to family members WHAS11 spoke with, Aiden is considered technically brain dead. Braden is suffering from serious injuries, but is expected to be ok. 
Detectives are now revealing more about what happened the day of the abuse.
Police say drug paraphernalia was found in the house, and the suspect told authorities exactly what happened on Monday when 4-month-old Aiden was harmed.
One detective said, “His demeanor and that when we started the interview and his admission…it was pretty obvious in the beginning that he was the one we were looking at.”
Officers said that Harris told them he’d been using drugs all day before the assault.
Conny Spann, the mother’s aunt, said the boys were under Harris’ care while the twins’ mother went out to get something to eat.
“The boyfriend decided he couldn’t get the baby to sleep, or to quit crying and so he picked the baby up and threw the baby across the room onto the couch.  Um, there’s some wood underneath the couch or whatever that was sticking out , then he picked the baby up and started shaking the baby,” Spann said.
According to Spann, after Harris shook the baby he realized the baby wasn’t breathing and at that time Harris squeezed Aiden’s chest, fracturing all of his ribs.
“When he realized that wasn’t helping to bring the baby back, he went to get help,” Span said.
Harris was arraigned Wednesday morning. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on a $500,000 full cash bond.
Bullitt County detectives say this could be a case of serial abuse, meaning the twins may have been abused multiple times.
Detectives also say more people could be charged and Samuel Harris could face additional charges.