A North Lauderdale man wanted in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son is in custody after a 12-hour manhunt by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Corey Gordon, 28, was arrested Tuesday night in the 3900 block of Inverrary Boulevard West in Lauderhill after BSO detectives spotted him in a car with his mother and sister.
He is facing one count of first-degree murder after being booked into Broward’s main jail.
“He was taken into custody without incident,” BSO announced Wednesday in a news release.
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According to a Department of Children & Families’ incident report, this was not the first time that Gordon was accused of inflicting physical force on 3-year-old Khyese Coach, who was left in his care by mom Chantel Haye as she reported to her first day on the job at a Boca Raton telemarketing firm.
When Gordon picked up Haye, his girlfriend of a year, she noticed that her son was cold and unresponsive, and had bruises on his tiny body. When Haye asked Gordon what happened, he told her that Khyese fell down the stairs and he slapped him.
Haye demanded that Gordon take her to Coral Springs Medical Center, where Khyese was born. After dropping her off, Gordon took off.
Hospital staff observed several injuries to Khyese’s body, including bruising over most of his body, blood in his diaper and a possible anal tear. There was also trauma to both sides of his head, Detective Ricky Libman said.
A call was immediately made to a hotline reporting that an unresponsive toddler with “multiple bruises on his head and chest” had been brought in.
Khyese was pronounced dead at the hospital by the emergency room physician 17 minutes after his arrival Monday evening, according to the arrest warrant.
Hospital staff, according to the report, said Khyese’s temperature was extremely low when he arrived, “suggesting that he had been dead for at least four hours.” An autopsy by the Broward County medical examiner ruled Khyese’s death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.
In a sworn statement, Haye told police that she called Gordon between 9 and 10 a.m. Monday to check on her son. At the time, “Gordon was upset, stating the child had defecated on his sister’s white couch.”
In December 2014, a report by DCF was closed alleging that Khyese had possible belt marks on his body. Concerns about domestic violence in the home were also raised. There was another DCF report involving Gordon in 2009, the details of which were removed from the agency’s incident report.
The agency also said that on Jan. 21, a report was filed alleging that Haye and Gordon were beating little Khyese. A visit with Khyese revealed there were no “suspicious marks or bruises indicative of abuse or neglect.”
The investigation was still pending at the time of the child’s death.