Autopsy Report Released For Khan Frazier, Baby Punched By Father

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Khan Lee Frazier. Courtesy Ash Family.

Raleigh, NC -- The State Medical Examiner's Office has released the autopsy report for a 13-day-old High Point infant who died after his father punched him in the face.

The parents of Khan Lee Frazier, Brian Frazier and Stefany Ash, were both charged with First Degree Murder for the incident that happened November 2012 in High Point

Read: Family Remembers Short Life Of Baby Khan Frazier

Guilford County Assistant District Attorney Walter Jones said in court last February that Frazier played video games for hours on the night of his baby's death. But the baby wouldn't stop crying when Frazier wanted to go to sleep.

High Point police said Frazier admitted to grabbing Khan by the neck and punching him in the face, which led to his death.

The autopsy report says Khan died from "blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen." The baby had bruises on his right eyelid, left forehead and on the side of his left eye. He also suffered hemorrhages. There were more bruises found on his chest, abdomen and right forearm. The report also said Khan had a laceration of the liver.

Khan's fingernails were long and some were broken, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

The report said baby Khan was 20 inches long and weighed 10 pounds, at the time of his autopsy.

Frazier and Ash have another son, Cain.

Police said he was severely malnourished when they found him while invesigating the death of his younger brother. Cain is currently in the custody of child protective services.

According to Exchange SCAN, an organization that works to prevent child abuse, more than 130,000 children in North Carolina were abused between 2011 and 2012; 24 of them died.

"I feel very saddened. I feel a lot of times these things could be prevented if parents just knew where to get help," said Jaime Ledbetter who teaches a parenting class at SCAN. "A lot of times what we find is when families can't meet their basic needs; sometimes they end up taking that stress out on the child."

Ledbetter says she teaches about anger management and self-control. Clients are mostly referred by child protective services or through the court system.

Angela Brannon, a mother of three, started taking one of the classes when she was charged with neglect.

"It's just so easy to get frustrated and just say forget it. But you can't," she said. "There are ladies in here whose situations are worse than mine. It's like, wow, really? These things really happen. Let me learn something from this. Let me listen to their stories so I don't take it take it that far.

SCAN advises new and experienced parents to get help from many of the Triad organization offering parenting classes.

www.exchangescan.org
www.safeandhealthyfamilies.com
www.familyservice-piedmont.org
www.piedmontparent.com

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