Charges against the father of a 4-month-old Bayside boy have been upgraded to murder after the medical examiner determined his son died from abusive head trauma, authorities said.
Jagsheer Singh, 28, was arraigned on Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder and held without bail, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. He was previously arraigned on charges of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child on Dec. 21 before the death of his son, Nevin Jandu, two days later.
Singh claimed the baby was hurt when he fell off the changing table the morning of Dec. 20. He had been watching his child the previous night, while his wife, a physician and the baby’s mother, was at work, the district attorney’s office said. He said the child was fine when she left, and returned the following morning and went to sleep.
After discovering the baby wasn’t breathing a short time later, Singh said he woke up his wife, who hadn’t checked on the child before going to bed, and called 911.
Medical personnel at the hospital examined the baby and found that his injuries were consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma and were not consistent with the injuries that would have occurred if he had simply fallen from the changing table, the district attorney’s office said.
The baby died at Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Dec. 23.
The medical examiner later ruled the child’s death a homicide due to abusive head trauma, which included fractures to the skull, a spokeswoman from the office said.
Singh’s next court date is Jan. 5.