FOLSOM, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's detectives have arrested a Folsom man in the beating death of his 7-month-old son.
The father, 25-year-old Corey Nauck of Pearl Street, was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 28) on a charge of first-degree murder.
On Monday, (Feb. 26) the Folsom Police Department reached out to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office for investigative assistance with a young child at the hospital in critical condition and with suspicious injuries.
STPSO detectives learned that on that Monday morning, Nauck brought the baby to a local hospital, offering no explanation for the child's injuries that occurred while in his care at the family's home. The infant was then airlifted to a south shore hospital and STPSO detectives began their investigation into the injuries.
Wednesday morning, the infant was declared dead and the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office took possession of the body.
An autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon with sheriff's detectives present, and the death was ruled a homicide.
That afternoon, Detectives located Nauck at a family member's home in Gulfport, MS., where he was visiting.
The father later confessed to losing his temper due to the baby's crying, and physically abusing and injuring the infant, which led to his death.
STPSO detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Nauck and he was booked into the Harrison County Jail as a fugitive and is awaiting transport to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he will be booked on the murder charge.
"The safety of our kids in the community - I mean, our kids play down the street," said neighbor Tracy Vincent. "You wonder. You never really know who you're living next door to and what kind of situation can happen. It was just very startling and scary."
"This was an innocent and helpless baby," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "The idea that his precious life was taken by his own father is incomprehensible. Nothing is more horrific than the murder of an infant. I applaud our detectives who investigated this horrendous crime and worked to seek justice for this defenseless baby. Also thank you to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office for their assistance while in their jurisdiction."
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner released the following: