DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — The father of a 2-month old son who died after being shaken violently has been found guilty of second-degree murder by a Walton County jury.
Harold Bielec Jr. will be sentenced June 4 for his son's death.
According to authorities, in December of 2015, the then-26-year-old brought his infant son to a Mossy Head gas station and called 911. He said that his child, Remington Bielec, had stopped breathing.
First responders were able to get the infant's heart beating again, but he died the next day at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. He'd suffered a traumatic injury to his brain, severe retinal hemorrhaging and broken ribs. In all, he had 15 fractured bones, some healing and some new, according to his autopsy.
During the three-day trail, jurors heard testimony from doctors who treated Remington, as well as from the medical examiner and other experts. The medical examiner concluded that Remington died from blunt impact of neck and head to include a violent shaking, according to the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office.
The jury also heard from the defendant who testified that he did shake his son after he dropped him in the tub but he never intended to harm Remington.
On the day that his son stopped breathing, Bielec, his son and the baby's mother, Brittney Vanhoose, went to a local park, according to news accounts. He then dropped Vanhoose at her house and returned to his home with the baby.
He told authorities that the baby had a cold and he gave him Benadryl. He said later in the evening, he became concerned about his son's breathing and noticed that his son wouldn't wake up from a deep sleep.
The baby woke up and he fed him, then brought him to bed with him while he talked to Vanhoose on the phone. After about an hour, he noticed his son was limp, cool to the touch and had blue lips.
Bielec told authorities he shook the child to wake him up.
He said that he decided to drive the child to the hospital himself because he did not believe EMS would have made it in time.