A Mooresville man has been convicted of neglect and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old son who had special needs.
A jury in Morgan County returned the verdict early Wednesday in the case against Steven Ingalls Jr. Authorities say Ingalls suffocated Brayson Price in November 2016 and intentionally caused the child to overdose on medication. Sentencing is June 26.
Investigators who examined Ingalls' phone said they discovered internet searches, including "I want to kill my autistic child," ''painful ways to die" and "most painful torture."
Ingalls' defense wanted jurors to not be emotionally swayed by evidence and to look at whether he had responsibility in the death.
Brayson's mother, Meghan Price, is awaiting trial on neglect and conspiracy to commit murder charges.