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Corona Dad Accused of Torturing, Killing 8-Year-Old Son Due in Court

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Corona man accused of killing his 8-year-old son
last month and trying to conceal the evidence using acid and other products is
slated to be arraigned today (Tuesday) on a murder charge.
   Bryce Daniel McIntosh, 32, was initially arrested just over two weeks
ago and charged with child abuse in connection with the disappearance of Noah McIntosh. An amended complaint was filed against the defendant last week after Corona police detectives procured additional evidence pointing to McIntosh's alleged perpetration of a homicide.
   In addition to the abuse and murder counts, he's charged with a special circumstance allegation of torture.
   The defendant is slated to be arraigned this afternoon at the
Riverside Hall of Justice. He's being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the
Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
   An arrest warrant affidavit filed by Corona police Detective Mario
Hernandez laid out a timeline suggesting that Noah, whose 9th birthday would
have been this past Sunday, went missing on March 2, when he was last seen by
his mother, Jillian Marie Godfrey, 36, who is charged with child endangerment
and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Riverside jail.
   Godfrey waited until March 12 to report Noah missing, Hernandez said.
   According to the detective, the woman had documented instances of
alleged abuse, including ``Bryce admitting to putting Noah in hot water, Noah
being placed in cold water for approximately 2 1/2 hours, Noah being put in a
tub of cold water for over six hours, and ... Noah in Bryce's bathroom with his
feet tied up.''
   The last time she saw her son, Godfrey told investigators that
McIntosh had taken Noah into the bathroom of his apartment at 4637 Temescal
Canyon Road, and the boy asked his father ``why he was hurting him,'' according
to the affidavit.
   Investigators spoke with Bryce's 11-year-old sister, Chloe, and she
acknowledged assisting her father on one occasion, holding ``Noah's legs down''
in a bathtub full of cold water, Hernandez said.
   McIntosh refused to speak with detectives. According to the affidavit,
after a search warrant was obtained and served at the defendant's apartment
on March 13, he immediately requested an attorney.
   Investigators seized McIntosh's computers and mobile phone after he
was booked on suspicion of child abuse. Police also found handcuffs, zip ties,
yellow towels ``with stains'' and purple latex gloves, according to the
affidavit.
   After accessing the data on the defendant's phone, detectives
discovered that McIntosh had sought information via the internet on ``normal
heart rate for 8 year old,'' ``how exactly sodium hydroxide works,'' ``sodium
hydroxide to water,'' ``what exactly is sulfuric acid,'' ``what does sulfuric
acid do to aluminum'' and ``what kind of plastic can stand (muriatic) acid,''
Hernandez wrote.
   He said that detectives also confirmed McIntosh had purchased the
following items from a Corona Home Depot on March 4: long-cuffed gloves, 24-
inch bolt cutters, four gallons of muriatic acid and a 128-ounce bottle of
drain opener. Later that same day, the defendant also purchased a 32-gallon
trash can and a 32-ounce bottle of sulfuric acid drain opener from a Lowe's
Home Improvement Center in Corona, according to court papers.
   Data extracted from McIntosh's mobile phone showed that he made a trip
on March 4 to remote Wilson Valley Road in Aguanga -- more than 50 miles
east of his residence -- as well as to Squaw Mountain Road in Temescal Valley
the next day, according to the affidavit.
   Corona police officers and FBI agents visited the locations, and at
the first one, they found a trash can, a paper with ``Noah M.'' written on it,
purple latex gloves, a plastic bag with blood residue, parts from a kitchen
blender, empty bottles of drain cleaner, blankets and yellow towels, Hernandez
said.
   During a news briefing Wednesday, police Chief George Johnstone said
Noah's loss ``tears at the heart of every person who has touched this case.''
   Johnstone would not disclose a possible motive.
   Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said he was
``confident this was a homicide.''
   ``We are asking people to reflect back,'' Johnstone said. ``If there
is anyone who may have seen Noah, you're asked to contact the police
department.''
   He said Bryce McIntosh's black BMW 330i is a key element in the
alleged killing. The license plate is California 5MKE807. Anyone who may have
seen the vehicle during the period in question was asked to contact detectives
at (951) 279-3659.

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