Madison man faces new charges in connection with son's death


by Gene Kang

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 5:08 PM

MADISON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Did 30-year-old Christopher Allen Coy purposely hurt his baby boy or was it a tragic fatal accident?

He's locked up on $500,000 bond with new charges in Madison, Ind.

Coy had nothing to say to WHAS11 as he headed into court Wednesday.

He’s slapped with two new felony charges of neglect of a dependent and at the center of all the controversy, is his son six-week-old Christopher Edward Coy who died nearly two weeks ago.

His family believes the prosecution has it all wrong and it was only an accident.

"He loves his kids with all his heart. It's what he ate, slept and breathed for and to know he could be facing that much time or punishment it's unbearable. I can't imagine the pain and devastation he's going through," Coy’s younger sister, Tiffany McCleery, said.  

Jefferson County prosecutor, Chad Lewis, says the new neglect charges are supported by medical evidence. The boy died from blunt force trauma wounds to his head, police believe the baby was hurt.

That’s one charge for placing the child in a situation that endangered his life and the other for failing to provide medical support.

"Originally he failed to report anything to medical personnel or to investigators and did not know what happened to the child. He indicated the child was just sleeping in the crib and unresponsive," Chad Lewis, Jefferson County Prosecutor, said.

But Lewis says something was suspicious after Coy swapped stories and told police he tripped on stairs while carrying his boy in a car seat. It happened at their Walnut Street home in Madison two weeks ago.

The same place where his wife, 24-year-old Aubrey Coy, was arrested on drug charges recently for marijuana.

Coy was ordered no phone calls or contact with his three other children. Coy was convicted of child molestation in Ripley County in 2003 and a registered sex offender.

But his sister says it's not what you think.

"His wife lied about her age when she was in her late teens and he was in his early 20's. As their relationship Progress it got reported and that's why he's on the sex offender's list," McCleery said.

Coy is due back in court in July. His trial is scheduled for this fall. If convicted, he could face 20 to 50 years in prison.