Wife defends husband accused in death of 15-week-old son

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. - A Colorado woman is standing by her husband after he allegedly hit their 15-week-old son in the head so hard that he died.

Matthew Burry, 33, is charged with child abuse resulting in death after his son, Dominic Burry, died March 26.

Burry's charge comes three months after the baby's death.

According to KDVR, an arrest warrant alleges Burry called 911 to report his son was "unresponsive." The boy later died after being rushed to the hospital.

Doctors reportedly told police that the baby had a strike mark on the side of his face, and they believed Burry was to blame.

Police say Burry even admitted to hitting the child to stop him from screaming.

However, Burry's wife, Brittany Burry, does not believe it.

"Something happened, but it was not my husband," Brittany told KDVR.

Brittany claims the baby's premature birth was the cause of his death.

"My husband did tap him.  He did not smack him, he did not do any force. But just trying to get a normal response, he tapped him," she said.

Brittany says she misses her son, but she stands by her husband.

"I lost a child, I do not want to lose my husband," she said.

When police searched the Burry's home, they found Brittany's journal, in which she "expressed concern about Matthew striking Dominic in the stomach and abusing their pet dog."

"I want to clear that up," she told KDVR. "How many people go out there and write, 'I want to see somebody dead,' or 'I want to kill this person,' but they don't really mean that."

Burry is being held on $100,000 bond.


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