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High Point man accused of fatally punching baby won’t face death penalty

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A High Point man accused of fatally punching his infant son will not face the death penalty.

According to the High Point Enterprise, District Attorney Walt Jones said there is no aggravating factor in 20-year-old Brian Jack Frazier’s case.

Frazier and Stefany Renee Ash, also 20, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their two-week-old child.

Khan, pictured at the hospital the day he was born.

Khan, pictured at the hospital the day he was born.

The parents were arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2012 after police say they found the infant, who was named Khan, dead inside their home in the 1200 block of Kimery Drive.

During the suspects’ initial court appearance, the prosecutor told Judge Polly Sizemore that Frazier was allegedly up until 5 a.m. that morning playing video games when Khan “got fussy.”

According to detectives with the High Point Police Department, Frazier admitted to grabbing the child by the neck and punching him in the face.  The prosecutor said the child died as a result of the blow, but Frazier then went to sleep.

Ash allegedly found the baby unresponsive around 2 p.m. Tuesday when she woke up.  The prosecutor told the judge Ash waited about an hour to call 911.

According to the prosecutor, Ash and Frazier spent an hour discussing their options, including the possibility of the hiding the body and reporting a kidnapping as well as the possibility of Frazier fleeing to the mountains.

Police said Frazier admitted to the crime when officers arrived on the scene. The infant likely had been dead for at least 10 hours, police estimated.

Ash was initially charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, but authorities later added the murder charge against her.

Both suspects remain in jail.  Frazier is being held without bond, while Ash was assigned a $1 million bond.