A father in Alabama who allegedly injured his 3-year-old son in 2016, resulting in the toddler’s death just over a year later, is finally facing justice, authorities said.
On May 22, police booked Dominic Xavier Moore, 30, into theJefferson County Jail on capital murder and felony murder charges in connection with the death of Saevon Harrison. He was ordered held without bond.
“I just pray I get the answers I have been waiting for so long," said Saevon’s mother, Sheanna Harrison, according to Al.com. “It’s been five years. I thought the system forgot about my sweet baby.”
On June 3, 2016, investigators said the baby, then 2, was in his father’s care when he fractured his femur. The following day, Saevon was admitted to Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham and put in a body cast before doctors released him.
Days later, Saevon went into a seizure and emergency responders rushed him back to Children’s of Alabama, where he was placed on life support.
Then-Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Bill Veitch called the case “brutal” after doctors discovered Saevon had suffered traumatic brain damage, broken bones and other injuries while back in Moore’s care following the baby’s first hospital visit.
Shortly after, Moore was arrested on child abuse charges and remained in custody until he posted bond on May 1, 2017, nearly a year later.
According to legal records, Moore denied he abused his son, insisting in a letter to the court,“I never put my hands on Saevon in a way to harm him.”
Saevon passed away from his injuries on Sept. 5, 2017.
Medical examiners determined Saevon’s manner of death was homicide caused by abuse injuries, Midfield police Chief Jesse Bell said, according to Al.com.
Upgrading charges against Moore was delayed for years since the alleged abuse at the father’s home occurred in a different jurisdiction from where the little boy died.