Jon "Cecil" Anthony Frazier
Little Cecil (pictured above) was reported missing from his family's home near Custer, Wash., at 8:30 a.m. on August 28, 2009, by his grandmother. She was not at the scene, but said that her son Jon Lorenzo Frazier called her that morning saying that the 2-month-old was not in the trailer and that the door to the residence was open. The day he went missing, Cecil's mother, Brooke K. Johnson, 26, had been jailed after a robbery conviction, leaving the infant in the care of his father, who admitted he had been drinking that night. The initial search for the boy involved law enforcement from as far as Canada. Two days later, Cecil's body was found in a field about a mile from his home. The autopsy revealed that his femur — the strongest bone in an infant's body — had been broken and there were multiple skull fractures. When questioned, Jon Frazier claimed he had tripped and fallen on a table while carrying his son outside the home. At one point, he told investigators that he had fallen asleep on the baby and smothered him, but got lost on his way to the hospital, panicked and left the body near the home of his wife's ex boyfriend who he hoped to implicate. But prosecutors say Frazier's account is not consistent with the condition of the body. They believe that Frazier swung the baby around by the leg, hitting his head against a fixed object. Frazier's bail is set at $1 million. If convicted he could face life in prison.