West Virginia State Police Captain G.J. Spangler said 29-year-old Brent David Spencer of 177 Caney Branch in Chapmanville admitted to shooting his 3-year-old son, Kagen Spencer, in the head.
A 911 call came in Wednesday night at 11:46 p.m. and the caller said the baby had fallen and had suffered a head injury. Reportedly, when the child arrived at the hospital, it was determined that the boy had actually been shot in the head.
Kagen Spencer died yesterday afternoon around 1 p.m., a WSAZ report said.
"The initial call was that there was a request for EMS to respond to the location and the child had fallen and was injured," Spangler said. "We responded because I think once they got to the hospital, it was suspicious injuries.
"My understanding is that the mother and grandfather found the baby after they returned home from work," Spangler said, noting that the baby was discovered lying on the floor of the carport, which is connected to the house, but open to the outside weather on three sides.
Brent David Spencer was charged with murder last night following his son's death.
"(First Sgt. David) Nelson gave a quote to the news last night and he said it's horrible no matter who it is, but, when you've got a child that's innocent that can't protect itself or the elderly or somebody handicapped who can't protect themselves, it tugs on your heartstrings just a little more," Spangler said.
"To understand why this would happen is just beyond most of our means of understanding. You can't understand it. It's horrible."
The father was originally charged with child neglect resulting in serious bodily injuries.
Brent David Spencer is currently lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden. He was arraigned by Logan Magistrate Jeff Lane Friday morning on the murder charge. He is being held pending a bond hearing in front of a Logan County circuit judge.