20-year old Brian Frazier is in custody this week, charged with the first-degree murder of his two-week old son. According to police reports, Frazier was pulling an all-night gaming session when baby Khan “got fussy” at around 5am.
Frustrated at the interruption to his gaming, Frazier reportedly grabbed the baby by the neck and punched him in the face. The baby – according to prosecutors – then “went back to sleep”, and later died of his injuries.
Both Frazier and his 20-year old girlfriend Stefany Ash woke up at around 2pm the following afternoon and reportedly discussed covering up Khan’s death, even conspiring to tell police the baby had been kidnapped. Ash finally called 911 about an hour later, and police questioned the couple. Frazier is now charged with first-degree murder, while Ash faces accessory after the fact charges.
Ash and Frazier reportedly had an abusive relationship and lived “in filth” according to Ash’s stepfather Brian Alston. He describes the house as “littered” with soiled diapers, empty soda cans and food scraps. Ash’s mother Sandra Alston defended her daughter, claiming Stefany had recently undergone a C-section procedure and was “unable” to clean her house.
The local North Carolina Department of Social Services had visited the Frazier/Ash home prior to the child’s death, raising questions why Khan – or his 15-month old brother Kane – were still living in such squalid conditions. Kane his now in the custody of child protective services.