Willoughby man accused of killing 3-week-old son back in court

William L. Beasley (Source: Lake County Jail)
William L. Beasley (Source: Lake County Jail)(Source: Provided to WOIO)
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 8:32 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2021 at 11:01 AM EST
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LAKE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The man charged with murder for the death of his newborn son was expected to plead guilty Monday morning; however, the hearing was continued until Feb. 8.

Investigators from the Willoughby Police Department said William Beasley killed his one month and five-day-old son Zachary in May 2020.

The 30-year-old suspect called 911 on May 22, 2020 to report that his son was having trouble breathing, police said.

Paramedics responded to the Lost Nation Road apartment and transported the boy to Hillcrest Hospital where he died a week later.

According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, the infant died from “complications of blunt force injury to head, trunk, and extremities with skeletal and brain injuries.”

The baby’s death was ruled a homicide.

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