Madison, Ind. father under investigation after son dies of blunt force trauma


by WHAS11

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 7:26 PM

MADISON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A family is torn apart after a baby boy was laid to rest and his father is behind bars in Madison, Ind.

Described as quiet and adorable 6-week-old Christopher Edward Coy is gone too soon.

His father, 30-year-old Christopher Allen Coy, faces a preliminary child neglect charge for his death.

Detectives have 72 hours to collect more evidence before they're back in court on any official charges.

His family is convinced it was an accident.

"It's no murder it's no homicide. It's nothing like what it's made out to be," Aaron Wood, Brother of Christopher Allen Coy, said.

Baby Coy was laid to rest Wednesday after police said he was hurt. He stopped breathing and his family says his mother was asleep while his father was watching him in their Walnut Street home in Madison, Ind.

He was rushed from King's Daughters Hospital and then to Kosair Children's Hospital.

An autopsy performed Tuesday determined the baby died from blunt force trauma wounds to his head.

"Originally [Christopher Allen Coy] denied knowing what had happened to the child, that the child was sleeping in the crib and he went to check and he was unresponsive,” Chad Lewis, Prosecutor Jefferson Co., Ind., said. “Later he changed his story and said he was carrying his child upstairs and had slipped and the child fell down the stairs."

But the baby’s grandmother explains the incident was only an accident.

"If you've seen the steps there is no banister on it and it comes in a sharp “L” shape. He tripped and he fell with his baby," Lynn Coldiron, baby’s grandmother, said.

Coy has a wife and three other children. He is a registered sex offender; he was convicted of child molestation in Ripley County in 2003.