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Corona dad accused of killing 8-year-old son due in court


Last updated 4/2/2019 at 9:58am

RIVERSIDE - A Corona man accused of killing his 8-year-old son last month and trying to conceal the evidence using acid and other products is slated to be arraigned on Tuesday, April 2 on a murder charge.

Bryce Daniel McIntosh, 32, was initially arrested just over two weeks ago and charged with child abuse in connection with the disappearance of Noah McIntosh. An amended complaint was filed against the defendant last week after Corona police detectives procured additional evidence pointing to McIntosh's alleged perpetration of a homicide.

In addition to the abuse and murder counts, he's charged with a special circumstance allegation of torture.

The defendant is slated to be arraigned this afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice. He's being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed by Corona police Detective Mario Hernandez laid out a timeline suggesting that Noah, whose 9th birthday would have been this past Sunday, went missing on March 2, when he was last seen by his mother, Jillian Marie Godfrey, 36, who is charged with child endangerment and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Riverside jail.

Godfrey waited until March 12 to report Noah missing, Hernandez said.

According to the detective, the woman had documented instances of alleged abuse, including "Bryce admitting to putting Noah in hot water, Noah being placed in cold water for approximately 2 1/2 hours, Noah being put in a tub of cold water for over six hours, and ... Noah in Bryce's bathroom with his feet tied up.''

The last time she saw her son, Godfrey told investigators that McIntosh had taken Noah into the bathroom of his apartment at 4637 Temescal Canyon Road, and the boy asked his father "why he was hurting him,'' according to the affidavit.

Investigators spoke with Bryce's 11-year-old sister, Chloe, and she acknowledged assisting her father on one occasion, holding "Noah's legs down'' in a bathtub full of cold water, Hernandez said.

McIntosh refused to speak with detectives. According to the affidavit, after a search warrant was obtained and served at the defendant's apartment on March 13, he immediately requested an attorney.

Investigators seized McIntosh's computers and mobile phone after he was booked on suspicion of child abuse. Police also found handcuffs, zip ties, yellow towels "with stains'' and purple latex gloves, according to the affidavit.

After accessing the data on the defendant's phone, detectives discovered that McIntosh had sought information via the internet on "normal heart rate for 8 year old,'' "how exactly sodium hydroxide works,'' "sodium hydroxide to water,'' "what exactly is sulfuric acid,'' "what does sulfuric acid do to aluminum'' and "what kind of plastic can stand (muriatic) acid,'' Hernandez wrote.

He said that detectives also confirmed McIntosh had purchased the following items from a Corona Home Depot on March 4: long-cuffed gloves, 24-inch bolt cutters, four gallons of muriatic acid and a 128-ounce bottle of drain opener. Later that same day, the defendant also purchased a 32-gallon trash can and a 32-ounce bottle of sulfuric acid drain opener from a Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Corona, according to court papers.

Data extracted from McIntosh's mobile phone showed that he made a trip on March 4 to remote Wilson Valley Road in Aguanga -- more than 50 miles east of his residence -- as well as to Squaw Mountain Road in Temescal Valley the next day, according to the affidavit.

Corona police officers and FBI agents visited the locations, and at the first one, they found a trash can, a paper with "Noah M.'' written on it, purple latex gloves, a plastic bag with blood residue, parts from a kitchen blender, empty bottles of drain cleaner, blankets and yellow towels, Hernandez said.

During a news briefing Wednesday, police Chief George Johnstone said Noah's loss "tears at the heart of every person who has touched this case.''

Johnstone would not disclose a possible motive.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said he was "confident this was a homicide.''

"We are asking people to reflect back,'' Johnstone said. "If there is anyone who may have seen Noah, you're asked to contact the police department.''

He said Bryce McIntosh's black BMW 330i is a key element in the alleged killing. The license plate is California 5MKE807. Anyone who may have seen the vehicle during the period in question was asked to contact detectives at (951) 279-3659.


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