Md. father accused of punching infant son to death, burying in shallow grave, indicted

Antoine Petty, 32, and Geneice Petty, 24, were charged in connection with the murder of their 3-month-old son in Greenbelt on Oct. 19, 2016. (Photo: Prince George's County Police Department)

A father accused of punching his 2-month-old son to death and burying him in a shallow grave in Prince George's County was indicted Wednesday, according to the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office.

Officials report probable cause was found to continue the case against 32-year-old Antoine Petty.

According to charging documents, on Wednesday, September 21 Petty became agitated when the infant wouldn't stop crying, so he brought him onto a balcony and punched him several times in the torso.

The document goes on to describe how Petty grabbed his infant son by both arms and continued to punch him with a closed fist until blood was seen flowing from the infant's nose and mouth. Petty then reportedly carried his son's dead body to his 1998 Lincoln Town Car and left him there for over 24 hours.

The documents state Petty along with the child's mother, 24-year-old Geneice Petty, drove their son to the Parkdale High School where the body was buried in a shallow grave on Thursday, September 22. Police say the baby was found dead after the parents led detectives to the area.

Police say the following Monday, family members reported the couple and their son missing to authorities. Police originally tweeted that Geneice Petty and baby Antoine were last seen on Sept. 22 in the 8500 block of Greenbelt Rd.

After being located that Tuesday, Antoine Petty admitted to detectives in an interview that he assaulted his son, which led to the infant's death.

Police charged Antoine Petty with First and Second Degree Murder "and various related charges" and Geneice was charged with Accessory After the Fact.

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