INDIAN TRAIL – The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on murder charges after a preliminary autopsy determined his 2-year-old son died from blunt force trauma.
Louis-Charles Gilbert Chenier was staying with his father, Alden John Whitehead, over the weekend, but when his mother came to pick Louis up, she found him unresponsive on the bedroom floor, according to the sheriff’s office.
Whitehead was in another part of the house at the time when she found the boy, the sheriff’s office said. The mother called 911 at 12:42 p.m. April 7.
Emergency personnel responded to the call, but Louis had already died. The sheriff’s office arrived to the home in the 5900 block of Senconee Drive with crime scene investigators and detectives.
Details were limited until the next day. That’s when the sheriff’s office arrested Whitehead, 30, on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse inflicting serious injury.
News of the boy’s death evoked feelings of sorrow and anger in the community.
“I’ve seen horrible things in my life working in the medical field, but I will never understand this,” Chera Hamilton wrote on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook wall. “Pray for all whom loves this sweet baby.”
Some people expressed outrage at Whitehead, while others came to the father’s defense.
David Cashion mentioned how Whitehead couldn’t bring himself to kill a dog that killed his favorite pet. Brittany Butler posted that she trusted Whitehead with her child.
“He has always been a very loving father I can say first hand,” Butler said. “There has to be more to this story and I know he loved his kids a lot so I wish everyone could just wait and see more to the story.”
Whitehead is in Union County Jail with no bond. His next court date is May 7.