Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dad pleads not guilty to murder charges in death of 6-month-old son (Benton, Kentucky)

The "babysitting" dad is identified as JOHN MIKULICH IV. No mention of a mother in the home.

Hardin father pleads not guilty in death of 6-month-old son

BENTON, Ky. (AP) - A Hardin father has pleaded not guilty in the death of his 6-month-old son.

The Paducah Sun ( reports 30-year-old John Mikulich IV pleaded not guilty Monday on a wanton murder charge after his son died at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.

Mikulich was arrested March 14 after Marshall authorities found the baby floating in a bathtub. The child survived for 11 days in a coma before being taken off life support.

At a preliminary hearing, Marshall County sheriff's detective Matt Hillbrecht testified that Mikulich had been under the influence of some type of drug while watching the baby and his 2-year-old brother.

Hillbrecht says Mikulich changed his story several times when explaining why the baby was in the bathtub.

The charge of wanton murder carries a possible life sentence.