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BREAKING FIRST ON 3: Airman charged with homicide, manslaughter in baby's death


COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Air Force confirms it is investigating an airman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for his involvement in the death of his child. The child's body was found in Columbus County Tuesday afternoon.

Matthew Theurer was in the Sampson County Jail. Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton says officials from the Air Force picked Theurer up from the jail around 1:30 p.m. There's no word where they've taken him. Theurer is charged with child endangerment, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter, Thornton said.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says his office got a call from investigators at Seymour Johnson Air Force base yesterday, who said a baby's body may be in a trash bag in the county. Based on the tip, deputies located the body in a wooded area off NC 905 about three-quarters of a mile from Gore Chapel Road near Nakina. Batten says his officers maintained the scene until Air Force investigators could arrive to take over.

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I honestly hope and pray that he gets the maximum penalty!! How can you lay your head down and sleep at night KNOWING that your baby is in the next room starving to death?!?! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!! This guy doesn't deserve the right to live and breathe!!!! Just breaks my heart that he could just allow that to happen and just dump the body like it was nothing other than a dead rat!! The mom should also be charged with neglect!! This is one of the most disgusting cases I've ever heard. Let that poor baby slowly and agonizingly starve to death!!!! Throw his A$$ in a cell and forget about him... Let him suffer the same agonizing death as his 12-15 month old child!! HEARTBREAKING to say the very very least... Please let justice be served for that poor child and don't leave out the mothers NONinvolvement!!!!! Sickening!!!! RIP little angel!

Where is the Mother in this

Where is the Mother in this case, haven't heard her mentioned at all!

If he did it, he needs to

If he did it, he needs to fry.

This is absolutely terrible.

This is absolutely terrible. How could anyone in their right mind kill their own child? What is this world coming to? In my opinion we should not feed this man and wait for him to die, in a prison. Anyone who would harm an innocent baby, or anyone who was helpless, does not deserve to live either. I just pray that this world gets right, before they get left!!!

What is wrong with people these days?

These kind of crimes are becoming common place. This man has been existing under the guise of decency as an airman. What a scary world it's becoming.