Infant boy dies after assault by father, police say

Posted May 07, 2012, at 10 a.m.
Last modified May 08, 2012, at 9:27 a.m.

ARUNDEL, Maine — A York County boy who police say was critically injured by his father has died, police said Tuesday morning.

Ethan Henderson, who is 2½ months old, died shortly after midnight after being taken off life support at Maine Medical Center, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a statement.

The death is being considered a homicide, McCausland said.

Gordon Collins-Faunce, 23, of Arundel was initially charged with aggravated assault of a child under the age of 6 after the boy was found in his home with serious injuries.

McCausland said that charge is likely to be upgraded by the attorney general’s office pending a review of the case. That decision could come later Tuesday, McCausland added.

Collins-Faunce is being held on a $100,000 bond after a court appearance Monday. He entered no plea. It was unclear whether he had retained a lawyer.

Henderson — who lived with Collins-Faunce and his mother, Christina Henderson, 23 — was found unresponsive at his Limerick Road home by other family members, McCausland said. He initially was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford before being transferred to Portland.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services removed two other children from the house, McCausland said, including the boy’s twin brother.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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