VA foster dad accused of murder in death of 1 year old

VA foster dad accused of murder in death of 1 year old
Ka'ron Mason obituary (Source: Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home)
Ka'ron Mason obituary (Source: Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home)

STAFFORD, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia man faces child abuse and felony murder charges in the death of his foster son, according to Stafford sheriffs.

A Stafford County Special Grand Jury indicted David John Marcussen of Fredericksburg on Friday in the death of the 12-month-old foster son, Ka'ron Mason. Marcussen turned himself in later that day and is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Stafford sheriffs say the 33-year-old man was giving the boy a bath earlier this year when the child suffered burns to his face, torso and neck. Child Protective Services notified detectives on January 6. Ka'ron was flown to VCU Medical Center where he died on February 1.

Marcussen faces felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, child neglect and child cruelty charges.

Sheriffs say Ka'ron had been with his foster family since July.

The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services released a statement Wednesday:

"All of us at the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services are very saddened by the tragic death of Ka'ron. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ka'ron's family and loved ones as they mourn for him.

Ka'ron Mason was a one year old boy who was in the legal custody of the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services. He had been placed in a foster home in Stafford County after the foster parents passed the stringent selection and training criteria required by our agency. Ka'ron had been in the custody of Fredericksburg DSS since shortly after his birth, after a judge determined that because of family circumstances, it would be in his best interest to be placed in foster care. 

Fredericksburg Social Services case workers visited with him in the foster home at least monthly and last visited Ka'ron in the foster home on December 17, 2014. While he was hospitalized, our social workers were at the hospital several times a week.

Due to the nature of the investigations being conducted by the Stafford County Sheriff's Office and Stafford County DSS, we are unable to comment on any of the specific circumstances surrounding this case. We are cooperating fully with the Stafford investigators.

In addition, Virginia has a Child Fatality Review Team which will examine this case after any criminal or administrative hearings are completed. For more detailed information about the selection criteria and training required for our foster families, please visit this link on our website."

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