Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dad charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of 10-week-old daughter (Lexington, Missouri)

Dad is identified as ALEX GILBERT. No mention of a mother in the home.

Father charged in death of 10-week-old girl

Posted on: 11:26 am, May 22, 2013, by Sarah J. Clark, Macradee Aegerter and Barrett Tryon, updated on: 02:56pm, May 22, 2013

LEXINGTON, Mo. — The father of a 10-week-old girl who died after suffering a fractured skull and brain damage has been charged in her death.

Prosecutors charged Alex Gilbert, 24, with one count of second-degree murder.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a home on Linn Road in southwestern Lafayette County on May 17. An infant was reported to be unresponsive and was having trouble breathing.

The child was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs were medical staff discovered the infant had sustained a number of injuries. She was then transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where she died on May 20.

According to the Jackson County Medical Examiner who performed an autopsy, the infant suffered numerous broken bones, including a fractured skull, contusions and brain damage. Due to his findings, the medical examiner ruled the child’s death a homicide.

Gilbert’s father told FOX 4 his son would never harm a child and believes investigators are just looking for someone to blame.

Gilbert is being held on $500,000 bond.