District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch’s office intends to seek the death penalty against a Haywood County man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 10-month-old child.
On Oct. 5, a grand jury indicted Dylan Green, 22, for the murder of Chloe Evans, building on two previous charges: felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily harm and possession of methamphetamine.
On July 18, 2019, Haywood County paramedics responded to a cardiac arrest call in the Jonathan Creek area. They rushed Chloe to the hospital, but it wasn’t long before she passed away. Not long after, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office put out a news release stating that the death was determined to be a homicide.
In August of last year, Green, who was not the child’s biological father, already in jail on a meth charge, was indicted on one felony count of child abuse causing bodily injury. That indictment notes that, in addition to the multitude of traumatic injuries sustained, the baby had alcohol and methamphetamine in her system when she died.
The indictment reads that at the time the injuries were sustained, Green was caring for the baby.
“The injuries consisted of multiple blunt force injuries of varying ages and degrees to the child’s head, face, ears, chin, neck, torso, back, arms, and legs, as the case may be, and such injuries included rib, leg, and arm fractures of varying ages, bruises, abrasions, multiple recent skull fractures, internal bleeding of the child’s head, brain, and eyes, a burn or burns of the skin, a human bite mark, a wound consistent with strangulation by a ligature upon the neck, and the presence of isopropanol and/or methamphetamine in the child’s body,” the indictment reads.
On Friday, Haywood County Superior Court Judge Athena Brooks presided over Green’s Rule 24 hearing. This is a mandatory pre-trial procedure held to determine whether the death penalty will be sought.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Jeff Jones told the judge that the baby’s murder meets the standard of “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel,” one of 11 potential aggravating factors required in North Carolina for pursuit of the death penalty.
“Your honor, we believe there is ample evidence to proceed with the capital case,” Jones said in court.
A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.