The Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and Burke County's Department of Social Services started an investigation after reports from emergency room staff and at Levine's.
According to a search warrant, deputies believe the child died of shaken baby syndrome.
“No visible signs of trauma to the head or anywhere on the child. That’s the next logical place you go – shaken baby,” Sheriff Steve Whisenant said.
Officials said CT scans showed multiple subdural hematomas consistent with a traumatic brain injury.
Springs’ family said he loved the baby with all his heart, and they are standing by him.
The child’s mother was in court but too distraught to talk afterward.
“As a parent and a grandparent, any time there is a young child involved all of us struggle with thinking about what a child went through,” Whisenant said.
WSOC-TV learned that deputies interviewed Springs for hours. They are not revealing what he said during that interview prior to his arrest.