2012-05-11 / Front Page

Infant dies from severe injuries

By Adam Chabot
Staff Writer

A 21/2-month-old baby, who police said suffered severe head injuries after being assaulted by his father, has died.

Ethan Henderson died at Maine Medical Center in Portland shortly after midnight on May 8 after he was taken off life support.

According to a press release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, state police are now considering the death a homicide.

Ethan’s father, Gordon Collins-Faunce, 23, of Arundel, has been charged with aggravated assault, but according to McCausland, the charge will likely be upgraded by the Attorney General’s Office once the case is reviewed. The exact charge had yet to be determined as of the Post’s deadline.

McCausland said the toddler was found unresponsive by an unnamed person at Collins-Faunce’s home at 521 Limerick Road on Saturday, May 5. The home is shared by two other children, including Ethan’s twin brother. Henderson’s mother, Christina Henderson, 23, also lives at the residence, but police did not say whether she was home when Ethan was found.

Five state police officers performed an investigation on the weekend of May 5 and ultimately pressed charges against Collins-Faunce, who was brought to York County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court later this week.

Collins-Faunce’s entered a no plea during his initial court appearance on Monday May 6, when he was held on $100,000 bond.

Staff Writer Adam Chabot can be reached at 282-4337 ext. 233.

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