Details emerge in case of father accused of murdering his baby

Updated: 08/23/2013 5:48 PM
Created: 08/23/2013 11:44 AM WNYT.com
By: Mark Mulholland

FORT EDWARD - Kevin Wayne King is accused of murdering his own son during a fit of anger.

The 30-year-old father was playing the video game Call of Duty on X-Box inside his Lydius Street Apartment while his son, Brett Michael fussed and cried nearby.

Today, we get an inside look at what happened on the morning of August 11th from the alleged killer himself.

These are quotes from King's alleged statement to police:

"I'd been alone with Brett for 10 or 15 minutes. I couldn't get him to be quiet. I totally lost my cool. "

"I picked him up by his torso then I slammed him down pretty hard."

"I heard a loud 'thunk' sound when his head hit the floor and I knew I was in big trouble."

During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors showed a key piece of evidence: a videotape of King re-enacting the attack for police, using a baby doll.

According to the death certificate, Brett Michael King died at Albany Med from blood loss, a fractured skull and impact to the head and abdomen.

When police first interviewed King, he told them, he bumped into the baby.

"I twisted my ankle on the floor after stepping off the last step and fell towards my son. I believe my knee caught his head."

But the injuries to the child were so severe, police weren't buying it. And according to statements read in court Friday, King changed the story he told investigators.

"I've told a few lies here today. I didn't accidentally step on him."

"I lost my temper with him because he was crying and fussing while I was playing Call of Duty."

At the end of King's alleged statement to police, he said, "I'm deeply sorry. I didn't want to hurt him."

But he wasn't saying anything as he was led from court Friday.

King's mother, Elizabeth Braman, said that her son had been under the stress of trying to make ends meet. She and her husband offered to help.

"And he said, 'Mom, I'm a man and I will take care of my family. And then all this happens and it doesn't make no sense," Braman said through tears. "But he loved that baby. I can't stress that enough to you."

Fort Edward Village Justice Joseph Malvuccio ruled that there was enough evidence to hold King until a Grand Jury reviews the case early next month.

NewsChannel 13 asked the judge for the videotaped demonstration entered into evidence Friday, so we can copy it and share it with viewers.

But Malvuccio told us that he didn't have it because District Attorney Kevin Kortright took that evidence with him. Kortright said he's withholding it. Even though, evidence introduced in court is typically available for public viewing.

Kevin King leaves Fort Edward Village Court after a preliminary hearing on murder charges. He's accused of killing his 3-month-old son.
Photo: Mark Mulholland / WNYT
Security was tight as Kevin King appeared at Fort Edward village court. He's accused of killing his infant son.
Photo: Mark Mulholland / WNYT

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