Dwayne Lindsey is currently on trial for killing his six month old stepson, Chayse, after mistaking him for a spider. Lindsey claims that he was taking a nap with the child laying on his stomach. As he woke up, in a semi-sleep state, he thought the feeling of the child was actually a spider and jerked him off his stomach. Chayse then fell onto the ground, hit his head on a heater and died instantly. Chayse’s mother, Michelle Dearing, was at a nearby grocery store with a friend, when Lindsey called her to tell her there was an emergency with the baby.
Lindsey is currently on trial because the prosecutor of the case, Nicholas Papas, doesn’t believe his story. He believes that the traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries do not match up with the claims of accidental death. Although the trial is still going on, some of Michelle’s friends are taking to stand to vouch for Lindsey. They have spoken to his good parenting skills. One said she had taught Lindsey some techniques to help calm babies down, and added he had a lot of patience for someone who wasn’t his son. They added that the baby, Chayse, would light up when Lindsey would go to play.