Alabama – A 2-year-old boy died of a severe head injury in what Winston-Salem police described as a case of child abuse, authorities said Friday.
Dr. Donald Jason, a Forsyth County medical examiner, said that the boy, Jaxson Sonny Swain of Walnut Cove, died Wednesday of a compressive subdural hematoma caused by a blunt force head injury.
His death at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center came three days after he was found unresponsive at a house in the 5400 block Grubbs Street in Winston-Salem.
Winston-Salem police have declined to identify the boy. The Journal was able to identify him through an obituary and the medical examiner’s office.
A message left Friday for the boy’s family was not immediately returned.
Police Lt. Eric Montgomery said Megin Elizabeth Stacks, 31, who lives in the Grubb Street house, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor obstructing justice in connection with the toddler’s death. Stacks is accused telling her four children, ages 12, 11, 7 and 7, to not cooperate with Winston-Salem police or Forsyth County Child Protective Services, according to an arrest warrant.
Montgomery didn’t describe how Stacks was related to the case.
No one has been charged with being directly responsible for the boy’s death, Montgomery said.
Police and EMS responded shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the Grubbs Street house after a report of an unresponsive child.
Authorities are investigating the circumstances that led to the boy’s death and are also trying to determine if other children are in danger.
Stacks was released from the Forsyth County jail on a $1,000 bond, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said. She is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 29.