Man Accused of Murdering Toddler While Boy's Military Mom Served Overseas (VIDEO)

A mother who was serving in the military in the Middle East was horrified when she received a call saying that her 21-month-old toddler, Evan, was lying in the hospital with terrible injuries and would not survive. His mom, Nicole Dudley, who was serving in the Air Force in Qatar, rushed home, but was only able to spend less than two days with Evan before he was taken off life support. Then even more horror sunk in -- Evan's death was ruled a homicide. And the man arrested for the terrible crime was Justin K. Corbett, a 25-year-old airman who was helping take care of Evan through a reported "family-care plan approved by the Air Force" while Nicole served her country.

Corbett, who lived on the Dover Air Force base in Delaware, has been charged with murder by abuse or neglect in recklessly causing Evan's death. Corbett called 911 after he said that Evan had fallen down a flight of stairs and was unresponsive. Evan reportedly had multiple head injuries and bruises on his body, a detached retina, bleeding on the brain, and numerous bruises on his head. He died four days after sustaining his injuries. Two experts concluded that his death had not been accidental.

Evan had primarily been staying with his godmother's family during his mom's deployment; however, he would also regularly visit Corbett's home to play with his young son and daughter.

Nicole wrote on the Facebook page dedicated to Evan's memory and the investigation:

I'm relieved that an arrest has finally been made in the quest for justice for my baby, Evan Dudley. The past 15 months and 11 days have been a non-stop emotional roller coaster for me and my family. From the moment the doctor gave his characterization of Evan's injuries at A.I. Dupont Hospital, to receiving word of last night's arrest, I've alternated between grief, anger, depression and anxiety. I can now add hope to the list, as the arrest gives me the feeling that resolution and justice for Evan are within reach.

I can't imagine being so far away from your child, and believing and trusting he was in good hands, and then hearing your worst nightmare. It must be absolutely devastating. Hopefully justice is served.

Have you ever had to leave your child for a long period of time?


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nonmember avatar Jillian

No, I had fully planned to go back to work after my 6 weeks maternity leave. Then I gave birth and my world changed forever. I knew at that moment that I would not be able to give the responsibility of caring for my baby to anyone. Sick bastards like the one here just reiterate my fears. May baby ean RIP.

nonmember avatar justme

I'm sorry but single parents should not have any job that requires them to be so far from their children for long periods of time. No job is worth not being there when your child needs you.

Bruic... Bruickson

@justme, we really don't know this mother's situation. She could be a widow or gone through a divorce after she joined the military. I'm sure she would have much rather been with her child instead of another country. Even if she was only gone 8 hrs a day it still could have happened.

youth... youthfulsoul

Horrifying. I hope his children are taken away before he kills them next. Incomprehensible.

kkat117 kkat117

Thank you Bruickson!

Xxxgrl Xxxgrl

Being an active duty mother myself, I have always had an issue with single parents leaving their children with non-family members during deployment. Every child suffers when mom or dad is gone for months to years at a time but that's why a child is meant to have 2 parents. One to take up the slack of emotional and physical care. It's always an issue when a married couple goes through a divorce and children are involved. It's another when military females get pregnant without a daddy in sight and expect the job of juggling kids and the service will be any other single mothers ordeals. It's a different world, and the only ones who suffer are the children. The job is very demanding so even missing work due to day care issues/doctor apps, etc, will cause someone else to have to work longer. The military gives all women the option to get out honorably if they get pregnant on active duty. Maybe some should consider doing it.

nonmember avatar mkar

My heart goes out to this mother and her child. How sad. God bless her.

nonmember avatar mkar

I'm just going to throw this out there.

Single parents shouldn't be deployed without another parent in the picture. Our Government has no right to even expect it. Even if the parent is willing.

My heart is breaking for this mother.

Jennifer Lynn Aguilera

@justme easy to say if you're married and have someone it help take care of you. I ended up divorced with two young children after an abusive marriage. The only job I could get that would keep a roof over our heads, food in our mouths and off of public assistance requires me to work 12-15 days a month and be gone 6-9 nights a month. I hate being away from my girls, but they have grown up seeing a mother work hard to provide for her girls and stand on my own two feet. Please be careful before you judge someone else's situation...

Desiree McLeod

I will say this... I was stationed in Ft. Campbell KY with the Army and I had a 2 year old daughter. I was married and was given divorce papers when my husband found out I would be deploying. I was given few options. ONE was to get out! 2 was to allow family to care for my daughter ( I didnt have any ) and 3 was to do just like this woman did with an on post care system like temp home and this is why i did not and chose to get out. You dont know why she did it all that matters is some D bag ruined lives!

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