A 2-week-old infant who died after police say his father punched him in the face lived in a house that was rife with squalor, say two relatives.
High Point Police Department officers charged the parents of 2-week-old Khan Frazier after his lifeless body was found at a home on Kimery Drive in east High Point Nov. 27. The Guilford County Department of Social Services, which has declined to comment publicly on the case because of confidentiality statutes, reportedly visited the home prior to the death of the infant boy.
The father, Brian Jack Frazier, 20, is being held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder. The mother, Stefany Renee Ash, 20, is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond on a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Bruce and Sandra Alston say the floor of the house where Frazier and Ash stayed was littered with diapers containing feces and urine. Sandra Alston is Ash’s mother, while Bruce Alston is her stepfather.
“It was filthy,” Bruce Alston told The High Point Enterprise Monday. “Empty cans of soda everywhere, old food scraps on plates.”
Sandra Alston said that her daughter underwent a C-section procedure and wasn’t physically able to help clean after Khan Frazier’s birth.
“The doctor told her she would have to have help at home. It looked like it was never cleaned up,” Sandra Alston said about the house.
The Alstons last week raised questions why visits by DSS agents to the house didn’t result in the removal of Khan Frazier and his 15-month-old brother, Kane Frazier. The other son since has been removed by child protective services and taken to Brenner’s Children Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Frazier and Ash had an initial court appearance last week, and no trial date has been set.
Assistant District Attorney Walt Jones said Monday that the District Attorney’s office hasn’t determined whether to make the infant’s murder a capital death penalty case.
“We haven’t gotten the investigation complete yet,” Jones said.
The Alstons told the Enterprise that they intend to have a meeting with the District Attorney’s office.
On Sunday, the Alstons spoke by phone for 15 minutes with Frazier and Ash separately while they are in custody. Frazier expressed remorse for the death of the infant, as did Ash, Bruce Alston said. Ash, he said, is in “a deep state of shock.” The Alstons said they are pressing authorities to provide mental health oversight of their daughter because she’s so distraught about her son’s death.
“She’s in shock and she’s grieving,” Bruce Alston said.
When Ash found the baby’s body a week ago, she called 911, the Alstons said.
Authorities say Frazier was charged with murder after striking his infant son because the baby’s fussing bothered Frazier while he was playing video games. The father and mother tried to cover up the circumstances about their baby’s death, authorities report.
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