Muncie father accused of killing infant son, setting house on fire to cover it up found guilty
MUNCIE, Ind. – A man accused of killing his 5-month-old son and then setting his house on fire to cover it up has been found guilty on all charges.
Jurors made the decision Monday after hearing closing arguments in the case of Cory Wallace. He was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, arson, battery, and obstruction of justice.
Wallace’s infant son Jensen was found dead in a home in the 2400 block of Meeker Avenue in February 2015. Wallace allegedly told authorities that he couldn’t save his son because of the flames.
Investigators treated the incident as a suspicious death investigation. Six months later, Muncie police detectives determined the cause of death for the baby was blunt force trauma to the head.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Wallace was re-interviewed by Indianapolis police on August 7, 2015.
Wallace allegedly admitted to “accidentally” dropping his baby on February 10, 2015 on the hard wood floor.
During closing arguments Monday, the prosecutor told jurors the trial is about three things: “The abuse of Jensen, the death of Jensen, and the cover-up of his abuse and death.”
The prosecutor played a recorded interview with Wallace in which he admits to grabbing Jensen by the neck and squeezing him.
The prosecutors also told jurors that Jensen never once went to a pediatrician, and he was severely malnourished. “He was in the fifth percentile meaning 95% of children weigh more than him.”
“He deserved to live. He deserved not to be abused,” said the prosecutor.
The defense claimed that Wallace’s ex-wife actually caused thee injuries to Jensen, and Wallace lied to police because he didn’t want his ex-wife to be charged with murder.
Wallace’s family members told jurors he was a good father, and he took good care of his son.