MB couple continues to fight in death of 2-year-old grandson

Jonathan Katan (Source: Montgomery Police)
Jonathan Katan (Source: Montgomery Police)

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The grandparents of a 2-year-old child who was killed in Montgomery, AL, say they aren't legally allowed to bury their grandson.

Police in Montgomery say Preston Katan died in February when his father found the child unresponsive, cold, and wedged between a mattress and a crib.

Jonathan Katan, the 2-year-old's father, has since been arrested for the child's murder; however, he refuses to sign away his rights for the burial because he wants a second autopsy performed on his son. Police say an initial autopsy performed revealed the boy died from blunt force injuries to the head.

"According to the autopsy and the forensic pathologist, if the baby would have dove off the top bunk there was no way that the baby could have sustained the blunt force trauma that he did receive to the head," Ed Chermak, the baby's grandfather, said.

Preston Katan is the son of Danielle Chermak, a graduate of Soccastee High School.

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