Caleb Brown

Caleb Brown 

A 17-year-old from Carrollton who fathered a son born in July is now charged with murder for the infant’s death.

Carrollton Police Detectives arrested Caleb Blake Brown of Carrollton Tuesday morning as he arrived at school at the Lewisville Learning Center.

Brown and the baby’s mother, also 17 years old, brought their three-week-old son to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano on Aug. 9 when the mother noticed the baby had become pale and had significant bruising around his abdomen. The newborn was transferred to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy later revealed that at 24 days old, Emerson Ziesmer suffered multiple displaced ribs and a lacerated liver.

During the subsequent investigation, detectives found evidence indicating Brown was angry at the child’s mother for keeping the baby and was concerned about having to pay child support, the Carrollton Police Department said in a press release. According to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest warrant, Brown stated that while he was briefly alone with the infant on the afternoon of Aug. 9, he squeezed him and repeatedly threw him into the air, eventually hitting the ceiling fan. Brown is held in the Denton County Jail where his bond has been set at $2 million. 

This story has been updated to reflect the posted bond amount for Caleb Brown. 

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