Winston-Salem man charged with first-degree murder in toddler’s death appears in court

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem man, who was charged in connection to the death of a 2-year-old boy, appeared in court Monday.

Charles Thomas Stacks, 30, of Winston-Salem, faces multiple charges in connection to the death of Jaxson Swain.

Authorities responded to a home, located at 5450 Grubbs St., in Winston-Salem, just after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 after receiving reports of child abuse.

The 2-year-old was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Jaxson died just a few days later on Aug. 19.

An autopsy was conducted and authorities determined the death was a homicide.

Stacks was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the 2-year-old's death. He was also charged with felony child abuse.

Stacks appeared in court in person in handcuffs. The judge said Monday he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole on the murder charge, plus a maximum sentence of 491 months in prison for felony intentional child abuse.

Stacks is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under no bond.

Stacks is scheduled back in court on Sept. 17.

Authorities previously said the child was from Stokes County. Police have not said the relationship between the child and suspect.

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