The man accused of fatally stabbing his 16-month-old son Sunday in Lewisville has been been identified by police and charged with capital murder.
Lewisville police identified the man as 27-year-old Blair Michael Ness upon his discharge from the hospital where he was treated for gunshot and stab wounds.
Ness was shot in the left thigh by a neighbor trying to stop him from "beating and stabbing a small child," Sunday in the courtyard of the Oak Forest Apartments complex, according Capt. Jesse Hunter of the Lewisville Police Department.[[491394091, R]]
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The victim, later identified as his son, was pronounced dead at the hospital Sunday afternoon.
Police withheld Ness' name until he was moved from the hospital to a more secure environment, said Capt. Mike Lane of the Lewisville Police Department.
Lane said detectives have not yet interviewed Ness, but speculated they may not learn much about why the attack took place.
"I don't think anyone is going to be able to come up with a rational reason why a father would do that to his own son," Lane said Monday. "I don't suspect interviewing him is going to give us a rational reason either."
In one 911 call, the dispatcher sounded like she couldn't believe what the caller told her.
Caller: "Somebody is killing their little kid right now."
Dispatch: "What do you mean by that? What are you seeing?"
Caller: "They slammed the kid on the ground, they're stabbing their baby out here in the middle of -- "
Dispatch: "They're stabbing their baby?"
Caller: "They're stabbing their baby right now in the middle of the complex."
According to a police affidavit, the attack is believed to have begun inside Ness' apartment, which was filled with a smoky haze and smelled of newly burnt marijuana. Police found a large blood stain on the master bedroom carpet, with a blood-stained folding knife and skull fragments lying by the bedroom door.
Officers found a trail of blood leading outside to where neighbors witnessed the attack, and several kitchen knives were found in the grass next to a pool of blood, the affidavit stated.
Ness was found on a patio and was subdued with a shock gun when he refused police commands.
As he was being handcuffed, Ness said: "I know everyone's mad. I'm mad. I killed my son," according to the affidavit.
Ness' girlfriend and the child's mother, Alexandra Murphy, arrived shortly after police. She said that when she left for work earlier Sunday, Ness was feeding their son.
She said she could think of no reason why Ness would want to hurt their son, according to the affidavit. Ness had been reading the Bible extensively recently, she said, and they had been attending church services.
Ness' bond is set at $1.5 million.
In Texas, a conviction of capital murder carries a penalty of either life in prison without parole or death. Prosecutors inform the court prior to the start of trial which punishment they will be seeking.