Father Faces New Charges In Death Of Two-Year-Old Son In Middletown

Jorddan Thornton, 27. Photo via Bucks County District Attorney's Office.

The father of a two-year-old boy killed in Middletown last month is facing new charges.

Victim Julius Thornton died the night of December 2, 2020. He would have turned three Christmas Eve if he had not suffered a gunshot wound to the head the night of December 2nd.

Police responded to the Racquet Club Apartments after receiving a 911. The caller claimed a child had fallen and cracked their head, according to court documents.

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub speaks to the press about Julius Thornton’s death. Photo by Rick Rickman.

They say the distraught father, Jorddan Thornton, 27, had told them he had fallen asleep and his son rolled off the bed. A criminal complaint also says Thornton told police there were firearms in the house but they had all been put away.

But an officer with a military background at the scene thought the injury was more consistent with a gunshot wound. Investigators also say they found a loaded handgun on the floor of Thornton’s apartment.

Additionally, a neighbor told police they heard a loud bang, according to an affidavit. The neighbor reports she then heard someone shouting “help me” and saw a man holding a child in a white towel.

“She heard the male holding the child say ‘I’m sorry’to the child,” according to the affidavit. When she went over to help, she saw the wound.

Other details in the affidavit point to a gunshot wound being the cause of death. An autopsy confirmed the matter.

He now faces charges including involuntary slaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

District Judge Daniel Baranoski set bail at $75,000 Tuesday. Thornton is staying at Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.