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Northern Arizona father arrested following death of infant

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A 38-year-old man from Williams has been arrested on charges of second-degree murder after his 8-month-old son died in September.

Williams Police Department officials say David Peter Deysie Jr. was arrested on Sept. 26, nearly two weeks after he reportedly found Zane Deysie unresponsive at his home.

Police say Zane was found with multiple injuries, including severe head trauma, the afternoon of Sept. 13. Instead of calling 911, David Deysie drove the infant to a local ambulance company.

“David Deysie lived in the area of the Lifeline Ambulance building,” said Lt. Darrell Hixson with the Williams Police Department. “Upon finding the child, he drove to Lifeline so there was no dispatch call.”

The boy was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center before he was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 15, according to Lt. Hixson. 

“It was one of the worst autopsies of my career,” said Lt. Hixson. “I was informed that there were multiple injuries related to the head, chest and appendages, none of which you could tell from the outside. He had to be examined by a doctor.”

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner has yet to release the results of the autopsy and the office says it can take 3-6 months to complete a report.

Lt. Hixson executed a search warrant at an apartment on N. First Street in Williams. He says there was not much police evidence recovered in the search.

"It's going to be a medical case," said Lt. Hixson, "based on testimony of doctors or experts."

A warrant for Deysie’s arrest was issued after a detective reportedly determined he was in control of the child at the time.

“After I had met with the coroner, a detective did an interview in Phoenix with David and the family,” said Lt. Hixson. “From that information, we determined that based on the time frame, David had control of the child.”

DCS released a report after Zane's death stating, "No services were being provided to the family by the Department of Child Safety during the time of the incident."

The report from DCS also states that in July 2014 and January 2017, DCS received two separate reports alleging neglect of the children by Zane’s mother. They were found to be unsubstantiated and the cases were closed.

Due to the investigation into Zane’s death, one sibling has been placed with a relative and a dependency petition was filed. The half-siblings were assessed as being safe with the other parent, the report says.

12 News reached out to Zane’s mother but she declined to comment on the investigation. She did state that she "had to move out of Williams (because she) was getting threats."

Deysie is being held at Coconino County Jail on charges of second-degree murder.

See the DCS report here: http://ktvk.images.worldnow.com/library/37254b4e-fc84-4d93-baca-d6dc5a7115e8.pdf

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