Police have arrested a Hendersonville man for allegedly killing his 4-month-old son.

Ronald Reed Jr., 25, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

The investigation into the alleged abuse of Kye Reed began on March 5.

The infant was taken to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

"In this case, you're dealing with a four-month-old boy who can't protect himself," said Hendersonville Police Det. Neal Harris. 'It's the worst-case scenario. Not only are we dealing with abuse, but abuse that resulted in death at the hands of someone we expect to take care of that child."

Harris said it is believed that Kye suffered abusive head trauma that could have come from being violently shaken or thrown against something.

Reed was arrested on Wednesday and was taken to the Sumner County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 20.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 615-822-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 615-573-5400. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by texting 274637 using keyword TIPHPD.

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