Hillsborough Father Accused In Son's Murder To Face Judge Monday
By Kristin Stepneski
A father, accused of suffocating his 4-year-old son in Durham County last month, is expected to face a judge Monday.
Joseph Mitchell has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his son Blake Mitchell. Mitchell has also been charged with attempted murder of his two other children, ages 13 and 10.
Emergency crews responded to a call for a child in distress at 17 Thistle Trace at the Hardscrabble Plantation in Hillsborough, near the Durham County border, around 12:30 a.m. Sept. 22.
Crews found the boy inside and transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mitchell was found injured upstairs in the home. He was also transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries. It was later determined that Mitchell injured himself.