MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The adoptive father accused of beating his baby to death appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, April 9.
Chris “John” Henderson’s attorney waived his client’s right to a preliminary hearing. The case will now go to a grand jury.
Henderson is charged with murder.
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said Henderson confessed to punching his adoptive 23-month-old four to five times. The DA’s office said the baby, Christian Henderson, suffered lacerations to his liver, pancreas and intestines and died from his injuries
Henderson’s attorney, Jason Darley, is speaking out about his client.
” Mr. Henderson comes from a great family. He was in the navy , he was employed, he was a good individual. It’s very early stages in this case and we are going to represent him,’ said Darley.
The child’s biological father, Jojuan Carey, said he has fought for custody since his son was born.
His attorney spoke on his behalf after the hearing.
“Mr. Carey will never have the enjoyment of spending time with his son. And of course he is now feeling very devastated,” said Creola Ruffin.
Henderson was sent back to metro jail on a 250,000 bond.
We will watch this case closely and let you know if a trial date is set.