A Melbourne father has been indicted by a grand jury in the death of his young son


A 25-year-old Melbourne man has been indicted by a grand jury in Brevard Court in connection with the beating death of his six-week-old son.

Edrick Davis was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse causing serious bodily injury in connection with the June 10 incident after the medical examiner determined that the little boy died of blunt force trauma and suffered older, healing rib, jaw and collarbone fractures.

Davis was arrested by police on June 20. He remains in custody without bail.

Police were called to the home where they found an unresponsive toddler with a noticeable bruise on his left shoulder and milk pouring from his nose. The child, who was in Davis' care, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police reported.

According to police reports, Davis said he “accidentally” hit the baby's head against a door frame, causing the baby to cry. He told officers he “inadvertently” slammed the child onto his knees, court documents say.

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The grand jury heard testimony from a Melbourne police detective and a coroner.

The case was one of 26 homicides reported in Brevard since January.

No trial date has been set.

JD Gallop is a justice and breaking news reporter for FLORIDA TODAY. Reach Gallop at 321-917-4641 or [email protected]. Or X, formerly known as Twitter: @JDGallop.

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