A North Carolina man has been sentenced on first-degree manslaughter charges after his 3-month-old son died from his wounds.
Forsyth County sheriff’s officials originally charged Brandon Scott McDaniel with felony child abuse after the 20-year-old father hurried his baby, Sloan McDaniel, to the hospital for the medical procedure last week, CBS 17 reported. It was there that doctors discovered the newborn was suffering from severe injuries consistent with abuse.
Officials would arrest McDaniel a short time later. Police believe he inflicted severe injury on the boy while caring for him at their Clemmons house on Sunday.
His young boy would succumb to his injuries Thursday, going the family in deep mourning.
“When Sloan came into our lives, he actually showed us how to mature, how to love someone else more than yourself,” said Daniela Smith, the baby’s godmother. “And really, you could just step back from the situation [and] realize that wow, I am a part of his life.”
Sloan’s other godmother Debbie McCaffrey explained her time with the young boy as “truly one of the greatest opportunities of my life.”
“The result that his three months of life had on me and his mom and those who liked and cared for him was profound, and we cherished every day that we got to use with him,” McCaffrey told media reports. “He was a real blessing and a beautiful and happy baby boy.”
News of the baby boy’s passing sparked some reactions online, including questions about where the boy’s mom is.
“Where are the mother and her people???? I’m so confused,” an Instagram user wrote.
“Such a cruel world. Rest In Peace Lil baby,” another added.
“So f—–g sad! Some ppl don’t need children! Throw him under the jail!” someone else wrote.
Sloan’s family is on the way of organizing a mark of life for him.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family with funeral costs.
McDaniel remains imprisoned without bail.