Prosecutor: Bangor man charged with manslaughter told police he dropped baby boy

Samuel Moore, 25, of Bangor looks back at the media during his initial appearance in court at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday. Moore is charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Korbyn Antworth, an infant, of Bangor who died Wednesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
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Samuel Moore, 25, of Bangor looks back at the media during his initial appearance in court at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday. Moore is charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Korbyn Antworth, an infant, of Bangor who died Wednesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted March 07, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The man charged in connection with the death of a 5-month-old boy told police he had dropped the child, a local prosecutor said Friday.

Samuel Moore, 25, of Bangor is charged with manslaughter. He made his first court appearance Friday afternoon at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

He was not asked to enter a plea because he has not yet been indicted.

Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Susan Pope told Superior Court Justice William Anderson that the infant suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, including brain hemorrhaging and optical nerve damage.

Bangor police Detective Tim Reid said that the cause of death had not yet been determined but expected information would be released later this month.

Anderson sealed the affidavit containing information about the investigation that led to Moore’s arrest until he can be indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. It next meets on March 26.

The child, Korbyn Garfield Antworth of Bangor, died Wednesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center, a day after he was taken to the hospital. Moore was employed as a caregiver for the child, police said.

The boy is survived by his parents, William and Brittany Antworth, and his brother, Lucas Stevens, all of Bangor, according to his obituary. Korbyn was born Sept. 18, 2013.

No family or friends of the victim or Moore attended Friday’s proceeding.

Bangor police said Thursday after Moore was arrested that their investigation was continuing and additional charges could be presented to the grand jury.

Anderson set Moore’s bail at $100,000 cash, the amount Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese, who is prosecuting the case, recommended. It is unlikely Moore will be able to post such a high bail, defense attorney Marvin Glazier of Bangor told Anderson.

Moore remained late Friday at the Penobscot County Jail.

According to records the Bangor Daily News obtained Thursday evening from the State Bureau of Investigation, Moore’s criminal history in Maine dates to 2001, when he was a juvenile.

As an adult, he was ordered in 2006 to serve five days in jail and pay $57.32 in restitution for aggravated criminal mischief. In 2007, he was found guilty of felony burglary and felony theft, for which he received a 10-month jail sentence and one year of probation.

Moore’s most serious conviction to date came in February 2008, when he was found guilty of arson, a Class A felony. He was sentenced to five years in prison with all but nine months suspended followed by four years of probation and ordered to pay $6,779 in restitution. He also was convicted of misdemeanor drug possession, violating bail conditions and criminal trespass, according to the criminal history.

His probation on the arson charge was revoked in May 2009, and he was sentenced to two years in prison with probation to continue, according to court documents.

The arson charge stemmed from a fire at an Orono apartment house on Oct. 14, 2007. The fire began in a storage area in the basement where several mattresses were stored, according to court documents. Moore admitted to police that he set fire to one mattress in an attempt to hurt himself by inhaling the smoke.

As of Feb. 14, 2014, Moore owed $6,369 in restitution and $690 in probation supervision fees, according to a violation review form filed by his probation officer.

“Mr. Moore reports he starts a new job on Monday, [Feb. 17, 2014] and also plans to use his income to catch up on his payments,” the document states.

It could not be determined Friday if the new job referred to in the review form was caring for Korbyn Antworth.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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