A South Carolina man was arrested outside Atlanta on Wednesday after fleeing charges that he killed his girlfriend’s baby last year, the Island Packet reports.
Frederick Luma, 27, is being held in the Clayton County Jail awaiting extradition to Beaufort, South Carolina, where he is expected to be charged with homicide by child abuse.
Luma called 911 on June 19, 2019, and reported that his girlfriend’s 8-month-old son was not breathing, according to police. The infant was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and then transported to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he died, police said.
Doctors at the Beaufort hospital diagnosed the infant with a severe brain bleed before he was taken to Charleston, according to the Island Packet.
Luma allegedly told police he had shaken the baby, the department said.
The suspect left Beaufort County before arrest warrants were issued and had been on the run until Clayton County deputies found him on Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution said.
Luma faces 20 years to life in prison if he’s convicted on a charge of homicide by child abuse.
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