LOWELL -- When Lowell police arrived at a Mammoth Road address on May 11, they found 9-week-old William Berry on the sofa with blood coming from his mouth, his breathing was labored and irregular, according to prosecutors.
The infant was rushed to Tufts Medical Center with brain injuries, which doctors diagnosed were due to non-accidental abusive head trauma. On May 13,the baby died. The state medical examiner ruled the death was caused by complications from inflicted head and neck trauma. William Berry's death was ruled a homicide.
At first, Christopher Berry, who was alone with the child, told police the child fell off the couch nine days earlier, then he said he dropped the baby on his head earlier that day.
In a final alleged admission, Berry told police he was "stressed out" by his son's crying and shook him for 30 seconds, afterward the baby went limp.
In Middlesex Superior Court on Monday, Berry, 23, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder for the death of his son. Berry was ordered held without bail. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 27.
Berry is being prosecuted by Suffolk County prosecutor Gloriann Moroney after Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, who has a family member who had contact with the Berry family, wanted to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.
Berry still has several open cases still pending in Lowell District Court for assault, breaking and entering and animal cruelty where he is alleged to have spread bird seed in a parking lot and when pigeons began to eat the seed, he drove his car through the flock, killing several birds.
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