A Burke County has man pleaded guilty to the murder of his 3-month-old baby in 2016.Nicholas Brandon Clark, 25, will spend at least 26 years in prison for his role in the death of his son, Marshall Clark, who died Feb. 2, 2016.
Marshall’s death came a couple of days after deputies responded to a home in Connelly Springs for a report of an infant who was not breathing. They also discovered Marshall’s twin brother still at the home with their father. The investigation led to child abuse charges against Clark and the mother Brittany Nicole Hefner.
Both babies were taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, where Marshall Clark died. His twin brother was placed in the custody of the Burke County Department of Social Services after being released from the hospital.
Marshall Clark was killed by an assault by his father, who admitted to shaking the child.
Clark pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Sept. 18 in Burke County Superior Court. The felony child abuse charge was dropped as part of the plea arrangement.Hefner pleaded guilty in 2016, to attempted intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
She is serving a six- to eight-year sentence .
Photos: Burke County Sheriff’s Office