Austin TX Feb 25 2017 A 21-year-old has been charged with injury to a child after his 16-month-old son died under suspicious circumstances on Tuesday morning.
William Robert Falcon Gallogly was booked into the Travis County Jail around 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Gallogly called 911 from a Motel 6 in the 8000 block of Interstate 35 North at 11:52 p.m. and told authorities that his son, Noah Lyndon Armand, was dying, the affidavit said.
According to the report, Gallogly told police he was taking a bath with the child when the boy slipped under the water. He initially said the boy seemed to inhale a large amount of water, then became unresponsive.
A security guard who was notified of the 911 call from the unit arrived before police and tried to help save the child’s life until emergency crews arrived and took over.
The baby was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:41 a.m.
A doctor there told investigators that the child had a suspicious injury to the region of his anus and some bleeding when he arrived at the hospital.
During an interview with police, the security guard told officers Gallogly told him a different version of the story, the affidavit said.
According to the document, the guard said Gallogly told him he had gotten out of the tub, which was almost completely full, to use the restroom before the baby slipped under the water.
When Gallogly was taken back to Austin police headquarters to give a statement, he told them he got out of the tub to use the toilet, and heard the child inhale water, but became defensive, the affidavit said.
While he was leaving headquarters, the child’s mother arrived.
“Gallogly ran over to (her), collapsed at her feet and theatrically wailed in despair,” the affidavit said.
When the woman began demanding answers from Gallogly in front of officers, he told her the child was never in the tub, and that he had no idea how he’d died, according to the report. He also said he had fallen asleep on the toilet while the boy was on the floor.
Officers in earshot of the conversation told the mother Gallogly was giving conflicting statements, and she agreed to speak with them.
“Gallogly interjected “(expletive) no,” the affidavit said, adding that he said he wanted to speak with the mother before she talked to investigators, and told her not to trust them.
An autopsy of the boy revealed internal hemorrhaging of the rectum and significant acute bruising to the back and head.
Gallogly is still being held at the Travis County Jail and his bail has been set at $250,000.