O'Dell originally told police he left the infant unattended so he could change his clothes, KUTV reported. When O'Dell returned, he said the baby was not breathing. O'Dell also said he dropped the child on his head in the shower while trying to revive him with cold water, the television station reported.
According to police, O’Dell admitted that over a three-day period he hit the infant in the head “out of frustration,” threw the child onto a bed and struck it “about a half-dozen times.” O’Dell also said he tossed the baby into a playpen and squeezed him “while trying to console” the child, police said.
O'Dell was also charged with felony child abuse or neglect against the 4-year-old. His bail was listed at $270,000, the Daily Free Press reported.