Volusia County man convicted for murder of his 5-month-old son

The penalty phase begins Monday, Calib Scott faces the death penalty

Calib Scott.

DELAND, Fla. – After only three days of trial, Calib Scott has been found guilty of the 2019 murder of his 5-month-old son, Damon.

Jury deliberations began Wednesday, and only lasted a few hours before they found Scott guilty on all charges including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child causing great bodily harm.

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Scott is facing the death penalty. The penalty phase of the trial will begin Monday, April, 11.

Scott was first arrested for his son’s death in June 2019.

According to prosecutors, Scott was taking care of Damon when the infant wouldn’t stop crying. He then hit the 5-month-old repeatedly and dropped him on the floor to get him to stop crying, they said.

When first responders got to the scene, they found Damon unresponsive and dehydrated. He was taken to nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the arrest report, while at the hospital, staff found the infant had bruises at various stages of healing, cuts on his face and a suspected cigarette burn behind his ear.

“Baby Damon suffered through 5 months of hell and ultimately died at the hands of his father,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said, “What he suffered is unimaginable.”

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Penny De La Cruz started working at WKMG-TV in September 2021. Before joining News 6, Penny worked at KSAT 12 in San Antonio, Texas.