“I Mistook Him For A Spider”, Man Who Killed His Six-Month-Old Stepson Says

A man has been charged to court for killing his girlfriend’s six-month-old baby after mistaking him for a spider.

Metro reports that Dwayne Lindsey, who is on trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, had been alone with Chayse when he died. His mother, Michelle Dearing, had gone on a shopping trip with friends to a 24-hour supermarket at 4am on the morning of Chayse’s death.

Lindsey stated that the baby had fallen asleep on his chest and claims he jumped up in fright after mistaking the baby for a spider. He added that Chayse rolled off his chest and hit his head against a heater, accidentally killing him.

Chayse Dearing suffered severe traumatic brain and spinal chord injuries

However, Prosecutor Nicholas Papas QC reportedly said Mr Lindsey’s version of events did not match medical reports, which suggested Chayse’s death was unlikely to have been accidental.

Lindsey’s neighbour, Brian Woods said, via pre-recorded evidence played to the court, that on the night of Chayse’s death, he heard people next door arguing, keeping him awake for hours.

“About 8am, I heard Lindsey trying to wake the baby. He kept saying “hey you”. He said it about 60 times.

“ Lindsey let out a ‘long dingo howl’ when he started to ‘realise there’s something pretty serious with the baby”, he said.

Another witness told the court how she had been at Kmart with the boy’s mother when Lindsey called them, saying ‘Chayse wasn’t breathing’.

Baby Chayse with his mother Michelle Dearing, who was out at the time of his death

‘I heard Michelle screaming my name and I knew something was wrong. She was a mess. I called triple zero and returned home with Ms Dearing and another woman to find ‘medics working on Chayse’.

‘Michelle collapsed in the doorway of my bedroom. She was in shock basically”, she said.


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