June 25, 2018
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Bangor man pleads not guilty in death of 5-month-old, assault on child’s brother

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in connection with the death of an infant he was baby-sitting.

Samuel T. Moore, 25, of Bangor was indicted March 26 on one count of depraved indifference murder and one count of manslaughter after allegedly inflicting injuries on March 3 that caused the death of 5-month-old Korbyn Garfield Antworth of Bangor two days later.

In addition to those charges, Moore was indicted on one count of aggravated assault after allegedly choking the baby’s 3½-year-old brother on the same day.

Moore has been held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $100,000 bail since his first court appearance March 7. After Moore entered his pleas Tuesday, Superior Court Justice Ann Murray ordered that he be held without bail.

A trial date has not been set.

Moore told police after his arrest that he was “tossing [the baby] around and at that point [the elder boy] struck him in the groin, he dropped [the baby] approximately 6 feet and he was not caught and did strike the floor,” Bangor Detective Brent Beaulieu wrote in the affidavit unsealed after Moore was indicted. “Moore said that he then choked [the elder boy] out of anger.”

The infant died March 5 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 5-month-old suffered 11 rib fractures and had bleeding in his brain, according to the affidavit. The infant suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

The assault of the 3½-year-old child was uncovered as Bangor police investigated the infant’s death, according to the affidavit. Moore told the boy’s mother that the child had “ended up choking himself with a makeshift cape that he had tied around his neck himself.” The boy’s face was covered with petechiae, small red or purple spots on the body caused by a minor hemorrhage, according to the affidavit.

Moore first told police that he “had performed a wrestling move” on the boy that caused him to lose consciousness, the affidavit said. “Moore admitted that [the boy] was limp for 10 to 15 seconds and this had scared him.”

The boys’ parents are William and Brittany Antworth. Korbyn was born Sept. 18, 2013.

If convicted of murder, Moore faces between 25 years and life in prison. If convicted of manslaughter, he faces up to 30 years in prison. On the assault charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

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