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Father accused of killing 6-week-old son in Barnstable held without bail

A Barnstable man accused of killing his 6-week-old son in 2021 was ordered held without bail on Monday.

Randy L. Patterson-Gerber, 25, pleaded not guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to a first-degree murder charge.

“My client maintains his innocence,” said Patterson-Gerber’s attorney, Paul Lonardo-Roy, in a statement. “At this point, we are going to decline further comment outside of arguments we make during our bail argument in January.”

On Sept. 7, 2021, police were called to a Centerville home where they found an infant who was “unresponsive, discolored, and cool to the touch,” prosecutors said. The child was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and then transferred to a Boston hospital, where he died.


The state medical examiner’s office ruled the infant’s death was a homicide, according to court records.

According to court records, Patterson-Gerber was arrested by last year and charged with witness intimidation after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife if he was arrested for killing their child. He also allegedly threatened to kill the family of the State Police detective who was investigating the infant’s death.

The charges were dismissed in Barnstable District Court in October 2022 when a judge ruled the allegations were “generalized” and had taken place more than six months earlier, which did not meet the legal standard for the witness intimidation statute.

In court records, Patterson-Gerber was described as having bipolar disorder and experiencing manic episodes.

He is due back in court on Jan. 3, officials said.

Emily Sweeney and Travis Andersen of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him @JREbosglobe.