Dad JEFFREY DANIEL RAY has been found guilty of murdering his 54-day-old daughter. Dad apparently shook her, causing massive brain and eye damage.
Published: July 31, 2009 11:14 am
UPDATED: FATHER GUILTY IN MURDER OF INFANT
By Stephenie Livingston, Reporter
Jeffrey Daniel Ray has been found guilty of murdering his infant daughter, 54-day-old Bailea Leeann Ray. A 12-member Lafayette County jury convicted Ray Thursday.
"She was something else. She was an angel," Ray said as he took the witness stand Thursday morning.
Prosecutor Craig Jacobsen later called Bailea "a silent angel whose wrecked body speaks louder than any other evidence."
Jacobsen said Ray shook Bailea to death in March 2006, causing massive brain and eye damage.
When Ray was asked by Jacobsen who caused Bailea's injuries, he shook his head as his faced flushed red.
"I could have hurt her [pause] I [pause] I didn't mean too,’ he said. ’I know I screwed up. I should have paid attention better in CPR class."
"You heard Dr. Rao say this was an inflicted injury?" Jacobsen asked, pointing to an autopsy photo of Bailea's brain.
"Yes," said Ray."If you didn't cause that injury, that violence to that kid, who did?" said Jacobsen.
"I don't know," said Ray.