Noah McIntosh case: Corona father pleads not guilty to torture, murder of 8-year-old son – KABC-TV

Noah McIntosh case: Corona father pleads not guilty to torture, murder of 8-year-old son - KABC-TV

Corona man bought acid, drain opener and bolt cutters around time son disappeared, records show

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The father of  8-year-old Noah McIntosh of Corona pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning, April 3, to the torture-murder of the boy.

Bryce McIntosh, 32, had his pleas entered by Deputy Public Defender Brian Cosgrove during a brief appearance in the downtown Riverside Hall of Justice.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno set his next court date for April 16. McIntosh also denied the special circumstance of torture in the boys death.

If convicted as charged, and if prosecutors decide to seek the death penalty in the case, McIntosh could face capital punishment.

Bryce McIntosh sits in a Riverside Hall of Justice court room during his arraignment Wednesday, April 3, 2019. McIntosh plead not guilty on two charges, for the murder of his son Noah, 8, and for a child cruelty charge. Noah’s body has not been found. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Bryce McIntosh sits in a Riverside Hall of Justice court room during his arraignment Wednesday, April 3, 2019. McIntosh plead not guilty on two charges, for the murder of his son Noah, 8, and for a child cruelty charge. Noah’s body has not been found. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Bryce McIntosh sits in a Riverside Hall of Justice court room during his arraignment Wednesday, April 3, 2019. McIntosh plead not guilty on two charges, for the murder of his son Noah, 8, and for a child cruelty charge. Noah’s body has not been found. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Bryce McIntosh sits in a Riverside Hall of Justice court room during his arraignment Wednesday, April 3, 2019. McIntosh plead not guilty on two charges, for the murder of his son Noah, 8, and for a child cruelty charge. Noah’s body has not been found. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Bryce McIntosh sits in a Riverside Hall of Justice court room during his arraignment Wednesday, April 3, 2019. McIntosh plead not guilty on two charges, for the murder of his son Noah, 8, and for a child cruelty charge. Noah’s body has not been found. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Bryce McIntosh sits in a Riverside Hall of Justice court room during his arraignment Wednesday, April 3, 2019. McIntosh plead not guilty on two charges, for the murder of his son Noah, 8, and for a child cruelty charge. Noah’s body has not been found. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Expand His arraignment had been postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday after Magno was told McIntosh could not be brought to court for medical reasons. 

McIntosh was in court Wednesday in the regular orange jumpsuit, and sat with other inmates awaiting arraignment.

McIntosh, who is being held without bail, also through Cosgrove entered a not-guilty plea to a child cruelty charge filed when Corona police first began investigating Noahs disappearance in mid-March. He was charged with the murder March 28.

The boy has not been found, and authorities have said he is now presumed dead, based on evidence they have gathered. Noah would have turned 9 on Sunday, March 31.

A detective said in an arrest declaration filed in court the day McIntosh was charged with Noahs slaying that McIntosh had purchased acid, a 32-gallon trash barrel, gloves and drain cleaner shortly after Noahs mother last saw him in early March.

A barrel similar to the one McIntosh was recorded purchasing on stores video surveillance cameras, along with empty bottles of drain cleaner, gloves and other items including a paper with Noah M. on it were recovered March 13 in a county area near Aguanga, investigators said.

Noahs mother, Jillian Godfrey, 36, also is in custody on a child cruelty charge. She is due for arraignment in that separate case April 8. Godfrey is not charged in the murder of Noah. She remained in custody Wednesday in lieu of posting bond on $500,000 bail.

Police began investigating Noahs disappearance after Godfrey contacted them March 12 and asked for a welfare check on her son, who was staying at his fathers apartment in Corona.

She at first said she last saw Noah on March 4 during a stay at the apartment, but a day later changed that date to March 2, when Bryce McIntosh took the boy into the apartments bathroom, according to the arrest declaration.

She told investigators that while Noah was in the bathroom, she heard the boy ask his father why he was hurting him.


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