Metro-East News

State adds murder to dad’s list of charges in infant son’s death

Williamson County has added a murder charge to the three charges that the father of a 3-month-old boy was facing in relation to the infant’s beating.

Devin O’Daniell, 25, of Marion was already in custody and charged with battery. Claude O’Daniell, three months old, died on Nov. 26 at the hospital after being admitted with serious injuries on Nov. 23. On Wednesday, Williamson County prosecutors added a charge of murder.

Police said in late November that they responded to a distress call in Marion of a woman with an infant. The woman took the baby to the hospital before police arrived, but O’Daniell was nearby and arrested shortly afterward on charges of beating the baby. The baby died in the hospital days later; some of his organs were donated.