HAYMARKET, Va. –– A father is charged with murder in the death of his 3-month-old son last summer, according to police.

Here’s an unedited press release from Prince William police:

Murder | Felony Child Abuse – On August 5th [2013] at 2:18PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 14900 block of Keavy Pl in Haymarket (20169) to investigate an unconscious child. The caller, later identified as the accused, reported to police that his child, a 3 month old boy, was not breathing. The child was flown to an area hospital where it was discovered that he had sustained injuries consistent with being shaken. The child died on August 17th as a result of those injuries. Detectives from the Homicide Unit and Physical Abuse Unit conducted an extensive investigation into the victim’s death. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested on May 1st.

Arrested on May 1st:

David Michael SCHMIDT, 28, of 14959 Keavy Pl in Haymarket

Charged with murder and felony child abuse

Court date: unavailable | Bond: held WITHOUT bond



The child was identified as Rhys SCHMIDT, 3 months (at the time of death)



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One Response to “Police: Shaken Child Died, Father Charged” (Leave a Comment)

  1. Hyacinth Smith says:

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