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Harbeson Couple Arrested in Death of Infant Son

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Doyle J. Hundley Jr. Doyle J. Hundley Jr.
Casey R. Layton Casey R. Layton

HARBESON, Del.- Delaware State Police on Thursday arrested a Harbeson couple for murder by abuse and related charges in connection with the death of their 8-month-old son. 

Police said the arrests of 37-year-old Doyle J. Hundley Jr. and 28-year-old Casey R. Layton stemmed from an investigation that began on May 23 following a 9-1-1 call made from the couple's home on the 18000 block of Harbeson Road. According to police, Hundley reported his 3-month-old son was suffering from a seizure and was barely responsive. 

Authorities said paramedics and EMS responded to the home and transported the infant to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes before he was flown to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition due to multiple broken bones and a serious head injury. 

Police said that after remaining on life support measures for five months, Aiden R. Hundley, now 8-months-old, died on Sept. 22.  An autopsy conducted by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head, according to police. 

Police said further investigation revealed Aiden suffered numerous injuries that occurred over the two months he was in the care of his parents.  The parents could offer no plausible explanation for these injuries and they were the sole caregivers for Aiden, according to investigators. Police said the injuries were so severe that they would have been obvious to any caretaker.

After reviewing the case with the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, DSP detectives on Thursday, Dec. 10 obtained warrants for the arrests Hundley and Layton.  They were taken into custody at their home and transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where they were both charged with first-degree murder by abuse and endangering the welfare of a child knowingly act in a manner likely to injure thus causing death, which is a felony. They were both ordered held in the Delaware Department of Corrections on $106,000 cash.

Another son of the couple, age 2, has been placed in the care of the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families and does not appear to have been harmed, police said. 

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