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Bond reduced for father charged with baby's murder

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A man charged in his baby's death appeared in court Tuesday.

28 year old Johnathan Brooks called 911 in July saying his 5-month-old son Ayden Brooks was "unresponsive."

The baby was taken to Vidant Medical Center, where he later died. An autopsy report later revealed the baby had a serious injury to the head that wasn't accidental.

Brooks was later arrested after a two month investigation. He had no prior record and the child's mother said that Brooks had been left alone with the child numerous times.

She and Brooks' father testified today about his character.

Brooks bond was reduced to $600,000. His father hopes to have his son out of jail by Wednesday.

We'll have more details as they become available.

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Life in prison or death. That’s what a Pitt County man faces if convicted of killing his own baby.
 
Deputies arrested him Wednesday night after a two-month investigation.

9 On Your Side’s Kristen Hunter spoke with the baby’s mother. She insists there are two sides to every story and she’s ready to share her's.

"I thought the death of Ayden was enough in the pit of my stomach. Now this just added to it,” said Karen Pearman.

Her world was instantly torn apart. Her 5-month old baby, Ayden, is dead. Her longtime boyfriend, and the father of her child, 28-year-old Johnathan Brooks, is charged with their baby’s murder.

"He was nothing but a gentle giant,” said Pearman.

In July, Brooks called 9-1-1 because Ayden wasn’t breathing. Pearman was at work. She says Brooks had been alone with the baby countless times.

Doctors weren’t able to save Ayden. They took him off life support the next day.

Investigators say it’s not the first time the baby had to be rushed to the hospital.

“Our investigation shows that the baby had another episode weeks prior to this where he stopped breathing and was vomiting,” said Pitt County Sheriff, Neil Elks.

Two months later deputies say a newly-released autopsy report revealed the baby had a non-accidental injury to the head.

Pearman says she hasn’t seen the medical examiner’s report but insists her baby was sick.

Justice served? The Sheriff’s office says yes.

“Children are innocent victims. We have to speak for them. We have to stand up for them. We have to protect them,” said Elks.

Brooks has no prior criminal record. His bond is set a $2 million.

It’s a true tragedy anyway you look at it.

A letter Pearman and Brooks read to their son reads:

"Mommy and Daddy miss you every single day little man. We love you with all of our heart and soul. We can't wait to see you again in heaven. Love always and forever, Mommy and Daddy."

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A Pitt County man faces life in prison or death if convicted of murdering his own baby.

Thursday morning, Johnathan Brooks went before a judge for the first time.
   
In July, the 28-year-old called 911 saying his 5-month-old son Ayden Brooks was "unresponsive."
   
The baby was taken to Vidant Medical Center, where he later died. An autopsy report revealed the baby had a serious injury to the head.
   
Wednesday night, Pitt County deputies charged Brooks in the death of his son. They say the baby's mother was at work at the time of the incident.
   
During a press conference Thursday, Sheriff Neil Elks urged the community to report any signs of abuse.

“Children are innocent victims. We have to speak for them. We have to stand up for them. We have to protect them,” said Elks. “It really saddens my heart that we're standing here today talking about the death of a 5-month-old child with a injury sustained by a loved one.”

This wasn't the first time the baby stopped breathing. Deputies say he was rushed to the hospital just three weeks before his death.
   
Johnathan Brooks is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $2-million bond.
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