Family members of Matthew Hernandez packed a Sacramento courtroom and openly wept Friday.
Matthew’s father, Phillip Hernandez, appeared bloodied up as he entered the room. Hernandez is accused to murdering 9-year-old Matthew with a hatchet.
Hernandez was seen with a large gash on his forehead in court.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jason Ramos told FOX40 that the injuries were self-inflicted by Hernandez while he was in custody at the county’s main jail.
Investigators say Hernandez allegedly broke through a sliding glass door Wednesday and attacked Matthew as he slept on the couch. Matthew’s great-grandmother tried to stop the attack but was knocked out of the way, according to police.
The judged continued Hernandez’s arraignment to March 14.