Montgomery man charged in death of infant son

Jonathan Katan - Photo courtesy of Major Huey Thornton, MPD

Montgomery, AL – A Montgomery man has been charged with capital murder in the death of his young son, according to Major Huey Thornton, spokesman for the police department.

On Tuesday, February 16, at 10:35 AM, Montgomery police officers were called to 7017 Oakside Drive in reference to a small child who was unresponsive, Thornton said.

According to the police, two-year-old Preston Katan was found lying in his bed and was pronounced dead of unknown causes at the scene.

The child’s father, Jonathan Katan, 25, stated that he found his son wedged between the mattress of the bed and the bumper guard, unresponsive and cold to the touch when he went to check on him, police said.

An autopsy on Wednesday, February 17, revealed that the victim died from multiple blunt force injuries to the head and the manner of death was homicide, said Thornton.

Thornton stated that the case was turned over to the Homicide Unit for a follow up investigation; the father was re-interviewed by detectives and probable cause was established to believe that Jonathan Katan was responsible for the death of his son.

Katan was then arrested for capital murder and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility with no bond, police said.

According to the police, the motive for this offense is unknown.

Article by Melissa Parker

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