Delaware State Police on Tuesday arrested a 25-year-old airman for allegedly killing a toddler on Nov. 3, 2012 during the military deployment of the child’s mother.
Investigators said 25-year-old airman Justin Corbett shortly before 4 p.m. called 911 from his residence in Dover Air Force Base housing to report a 21-month old child, Evan Dudley, was unconscious after falling down a flight of eight carpeted stairs. Police said the child’s mother, also an airman assigned to the base, had entrusted Corbett to be Dudley’s primary caregiver while she was away on duty.
Dudley was rushed to Kent General Hospital and transferred to the Alfred l. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, where he was admitted in critical condition for head trauma and multiple contusions. He died of his injuries just after midnight the next morning.
Police said an autopsy conducted Nov. 7 by the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner revealed Dudley suffered multiple injuries, including brain swelling and bleeding, contusions on his head and retinal and other eye injuries. The cause of death was ruled to be homicide by blunt force trauma.