Bucks man arrested in Florida faces charges for murdering girlfriend's toddler

Tim Jimenez
May 16, 2019 - 7:05 am
Shawn Felmey

Bucks County District Attorney's Office

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Bucks County man was arrested in Florida on Wednesday. Authorities say he's facing charges for murdering his girlfriend's toddler son back in December. 

Falls Township Police and Bucks County detectives made a thousand-mile trip to arrest Shawn Felmey, 45, in Melbourne, Fla. 

"We received information that he was in Florida, and detectives flew out to Florida and trailed him and found him at his home," Bucks County Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler told CBS 3 Eyewitness News.

Kohler says Felmey moved to Florida in February. He had previously lived at the Commons at Fallsington in Morrisville. Authorities say he shared an apartment with his girlfriend, their children from previous relationships, and several other relatives. 

In the early morning hours of Dec. 18, authorities say, Felmey killed his girlfriend's 22-month-old son Brandon.  

"The coroner opined that baby Brandon was either thrown or slammed into the ground of the basement floor of the apartment," Kohler said. "[Felmey] was the only one who had access to the baby at the time of the injury. The coroner determined that the fatal injury was blunt force trauma to the head that was inflicted and not accidental." 

Authorities say the boy's mother worked overnights and was not home at the time. According to the criminal complaint, after the boy's mother got home from work, she had to take one of the other children to school. Authorities say she assumed Felmey was looking after Brandon, and it wasn't until 11 in the morning that Felmey reported the boy was injured and 911 was called.

Authorities say Felmey was acting strange when officers and medics were working on the child, and as the investigation moved forward, he changed his story several times. Police say he eventually told them he has anger issues that get worse when he drinks, which he admitted to doing that night.

During the investigation, the district attorney's office says family members told them the boy had unexplained bruises on his head months before he died, and one witness said they saw Felmey being rough while handling the boy. 

Felmey is charged with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of children.