NC man gets life in prison in beating death of intoxicated 4-year-old boy

William Godfrey Hedden in a WSPA photo

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – William Godfrey Hedden, 28, pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of 4-year-old Trenton Michael Scott and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On April 19, 2011, detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department responded to 6 Mervine Street in Candler after a 911 call made by the child’s mother.

When they got there, they found the child non-responsive and presumed dead.

The autopsy showed that Trenton Michael Scott died from a cut to his liver caused by blows to his abdomen and chest.

It also showed evidence the boy had been strangled, had eight broken ribs, a fractured skull, broken ribs, bite marks and cuts and bruises.

The boy also had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent. A reading 0.08 percent is the legal limit to drive in North Carolina.

“By obtaining a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and by ensuring that William Hedden will never walk at liberty in our society so long as he lives, our justice system has achieved a small degree of finality and closure for the families of Trenton Scott who have all suffered immensely in this very sad and tragic case,” District Attorney Todd Williams said.

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