RALEIGH, N.C. — A 24-year-old man from Raleigh, North Carolina, has been charged with the murder of his 5-year-old autistic son, following an incident that resulted in the child sustaining severe brain damage. Raleigh police were called to UNC Hospitals on Sunday in response to a serious assault on the boy. Hospital staff reported that the child’s injuries were consistent with a serious assault that occurred in Raleigh. Subsequent investigations led police to conclude that Amir Devon Hines was responsible for the injuries.
According to court documents, Hines severely injured his son, causing a large subdural hemorrhage that put pressure on the brain and resulted in brain swelling into the spinal canal and stem. Hines was initially charged with felony intentional child abuse causing serious bodily injury on Monday, but following the child’s death, he was also charged with murder on Tuesday.
Upon researching Hines’ criminal history, it was revealed that he had been on parole since his release from incarceration in August. Hines had served time for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, receiving a six-year sentence.
The heartbreaking incident has brought attention to the issue of child abuse, particularly within the context of vulnerable children with special needs. The local community has expressed shock and grief over Karter’s tragic death, with many offering support to the Holloway family during this difficult time.
The investigation into Karter Holloway’s death is ongoing. Law enforcement authorities and the court system will continue to take the appropriate legal steps to ensure justice for the young victim.