Katan found guilty of murdering baby son

Jonathan Katan (Source:Montgomery Police Department)
Jonathan Katan (Source:Montgomery Police Department)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A father who was arrested in early 2010 and charged with the murder of his baby son was convicted of the crime Friday.

Katan, 26, was taken into custody on February 17, 2010 after Montgomery police officers responded to the man's home where the baby was reportedly unresponsive.

The man said he found his son wedged between the mattress of the bed and the bumper guard.

An autopsy showed the child, 2-year-old Preston Katan, died of multiple blunt force injuries to the head.

The man's ex father-in-law, Ed Chermak, told WSFA 12 News after the child's death that his daughter, "was afraid of him [Katan]." Chermak also said Katan threatened to kill himself if she didn't allow him to see his children.

WSFA 12 News is working to gather reaction from officials connected to this case.

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