Adoptive father charged in the death of 2-year-old son

Mobile police arrested a 24-year-old father in the death of his adopted 2-year-old.

Police originally reported the child fell out of a high chair but investigators no longer believe the toddler’s death was an accident.

On Tuesday, March 18, around 4:45 p.m., Mobile Police responded to Providence Hospital to investigate an incident involving 23 month-old Christian Henderson who later died from his injuries.

“He (John Henderson) told police and medical staff the child had fallen from a high chair. The medical examiner was able to determine today that was not how Christian got his injuries,” said Mobile Police spokesperson Ashley Rains.

Authorities said an autopsy revealed Christian died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and the cause of death was ruled a homicide.

“We have talked to and have arrested his adoptive father 24-year old John Henderson and he’s being charged with Christian’s death,” Rains said.  “We do know the manner of death was homicide and Mr. Henderson was alone with Christian in the apartment at the time.”

Fox10 News spoke with the family Wednesday, March 19. They did not want to release a statement at this time.

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