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Father accused of murder in beating of infant son

SLIDELL, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old Slidell area man faces a first-degree murder charge in the beating death of his 7-week-old son.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said Tuesday that Anthony Dearmas is being held in the death of Karter Smith from head injuries.

He says in a news release that Dearmas made up a story at first, but eventually told detectives he knocked the baby off a couch because it kept crying, and Karter fell on his head.

He was arrested last Wednesday on a second-degree cruelty charge. Sheriff's Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau (soo-zuh-NOH) says the charge was upgraded after the child died Saturday. An autopsy Monday determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head.

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