No bond for Craven County man charged with murder of 3-year-old son

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Matthew Ellington, the man charged with murdering his 3-year-old adopted son, made his first appearance in court Thursday morning.

WNCT spoke with his roommate after learning of Ellington’s charges.

“The only person who knows the truth is Matthew,” said Dante Miles.

Craven County Sheriff’s Office says dispatchers arrived at Ellington’s West Gate trailer park home off Highway 70 in Havelock on December 27th to an unresponsive child.

3-year-old Jaedyn Ellington was taken to Carolina East Medical Center and later to Vidant Medical.

Jaedyn died on December 30th from his injuries.

The Craven County District Attorney says autopsy results show, “We do know that the cause of death was indicated to be blunt force trauma to the head and also had some internal injuries,” said Scott Thomas.

Ellington’s roommate Dante Miles says he never witnessed him abusing Jaedyn or the other two children he had.

“For that to be a factor in this that’s even harder to believe,” said Miles.

The DA says Jaedyn was actually Ellington’s brother’s child and he adopted him to provide a better life.

Miles says him and Ellington were childhood friends as well as brothers in arms in the marine corps and he had a special bond with Jaedyn.

“Jaedyn, that was my little buddy right there. I just can’t believe he’s not here right now, like I can’t believe he’s not here right now. We had future plans to teach him football and baseball and getting him into sports like that,” said Miles.

He says he will continue to support Ellington during this time, but he’s still in shock.

“I want to know the truth; I want to know what the truth is so that way I can have a better piece of mind.”

The DA says Ellington and his wife had joint custody of their three children. Now separated, they rotate the kids back and forth.

The other two are now staying with his wife’s family.

Ellington is also facing pending drug charges in Onslow County.

He will be held at Craven County Detention Center under no bond.

His next court date is January 28th.

NEW BERN, NC (WNCT) – A New Bern man arrested Wednesday by deputies with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office for the murder of his 3-year-old son will receive no bond.

25-year-old Matthew Branden Ellington, a Marine formerly stationed at Cherry Point, made his first court appearance Thursday morning. He’s charged with murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

Havelock EMS and Craven County Deputies were dispatched to 7650 US 70 Hwy E Lot 3 on December 27, 2015 in reference to an unresponsive child.

Jaedyn Ellington, who is the adopted son of Ellington, was taken to Carolina East Medical Center and then transferred to Vidant Medical in Greenville due to his injuries. The child was suffering from several injuries including severe head trauma. The child then died three days later on December 30, 2015.

According to the DA, Ellington got agitated after Jaedyn did something and reacted by hitting him, which eventually killed him.

The Sheriff’s Office first began an investigation on December 27, 2015. As a result, Ellington was arrested Wednesday. Ellington is placed in the Craven County jail under no bond.

Ellington will remain in the Craven County Jail until his next court date on January 28th.


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