Willis Lilly is in the Sacramento County Jail, suspected of killing his uncle’s 4-month old son, Demosophesis King.
“I want my uncle to know I did not kill this baby. I’m innocent,” King told FOX40 from the jail Saturday night. “Maybe it was an accident. I don’t know what happened ’cause I was asleep.”
Police said Lilly’s cousin’s girlfriend called paramedics out to a Sacramento home last month, because the infant had stopped breathing.
Paramedics tried to save him, but he died at the hospital.
“He suffered blunt force trauma to his head. He had a big head injury. And that’s what caused him to pass away, to die. How do you think he got that injury?” FOX40 asked.
“I don’t know, I was asleep. I was asleep,” he said.
“Were you drunk? Were you on drugs?” FOX40 asked.
“I was on my anxiety pills. But that’s what makes me go to sleep,” he said.
Lilly said he was asleep with his cousin in one bedroom, and the cousin’s girlfriend, at some point, moved the baby laying in a car seat into the same room.
“I was tired. I went straight to the room to sleep. Then I woke up, turned on the light, and then he was a different color,” Lilly said, visibly distraught.
“So are you saying that these injuries happened in the care of your cousin’s girlfriend, not you?” FOX40 asked.
“Yes,” Lilly said.
Lilly has cared for the majority of his uncle’s 11 children since 2005.
He will be arraigned on Tuesday.