Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dad found guilty of 3rd-degree murder in death of 4-year-old son; was separated from mother and baby abused during dad's visitation (Reading, Pennsylvania)

All the evidence points to Dad EUGENE JIMINEZ abusing this baby virtually from birth. Contrary to
father's rights squawking about how mother's "gate keep" and keep Daddy away, the mother apparently facilitated visitation--though it may be a case of court-ordered visitation covered up by the press. At any rate, the mother's (apparent) cooperation and "niceness" lead to the death of this baby. And notice all the sickos cheering Daddy on with all their support. Disgusting.

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Father guilty of 3rd-degree murder in death of 4-month-old son

Saturday October 31, 2015 12:01 AM
By Stephanie Weaver

Reading, PA — Tears flowed on both sides of the Berks County courtroom Friday night as Eugene Jimenez was found guilty of third-degree murder in the death of his 4-month-old son, Ayden.

After a brief moment of relief at hearing "not guilty" to the charge of first-degree murder, Jimenez sat with his head in his hands as the rest of the verdicts were read.

Jimenez turned in shock to the group of crying family and friends gathered to support him, his own eyes red as sheriff's deputies placed him in shackles to be returned to Berks County Prison.

"Stay strong," supporters said, as Jimenez nodded.

According to testimony, Ayden Jimenez died on Feb. 4, 2009, at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown due to complications from several injuries consistent with child abuse.

An autopsy of the infant's body showed he had bleeding in two areas of his brain, broken ribs, a fractured wrist and a fractured ankle. Some of the injuries were determined to have occurred as early as December 2008, while one of the brain injuries was only hours old.

Jimenez, 29, of the 1500 block of Hill Road was charged with causing his son's death in October 2013 following a Berks grand jury investigation.

The jury reached the verdict about 8 o'clock after spending roughly seven hours in deliberations, concluding the four-day trial before Judge Thomas G. Parisi.

In addition to third-degree murder, the jury convicted Jimenez of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of aggravated assault for the injuries to Ayden's brain, ribs and left wrist.

The jury found him not guilty of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault for the ankle injury and four counts of simple assault.

Parisi scheduled sentencing for December.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan H. Kurland said it was a difficult case and that he appreciated the jury's thoroughness in rendering its verdict. "These cases are always tremendously difficult because of the nature of the evidence and because these crimes are always committed in secret," he said. "The challenges were compounded with how old the allegations were."

Kurland thanked Berks County Children and Youth and Detective Harold Shenk for their diligent investigations.

Defense attorney Nicholas C. Stroumbakis said Jimenez has no prior record nor any outstanding charges. "We certainly respect the jury's verdict, but we're disappointed with their findings," he said.

Ayden's mother, Emerlie Serrano, did not wish to comment on the case following the verdict.

According to testimony, Ayden and his 2-year-old sister, Janessa, were cared for by babysitters Anibal and Lydia Olmeda on Feb. 3, 2009, while Jimenez and Serrano were at work.

The Olmedas said Ayden was sick and quiet, but they didn't notice anything else out of the ordinary. Anibal Olmeda picked Jimenez up from work and dropped him and the children off at Serrano's apartment.

Olmed and his family returned to the apartment about two hours later to drop off some of the baby's things.

Jimenez met Anibal Olmeda at the door and asked him to come in and look at Ayden.

Anibal Olmeda said it was obvious something was wrong with the baby and he rushed Jimenez and the children to the hospital.

In his closing statement, Stroumbakis reminded the jury there was no testimony that anyone ever saw Jimenez acting violently or inappropriately toward Ayden.

He said Jimenez had limited time with the baby after being kicked out of Serrano's apartment from November 2008 until mid-January 2009.

He said the only time there was evidence of Ayden being injured while in Jimenez's care was on Dec. 15, 2008, when he suffered a broken ankle.

Jimenez told Serrano and medical professionals that Janessa had bumped into the baby and jammed his leg.

Jimenez's younger sister also testified that she saw Janessa jump on the baby that day.

Kurland argued that the only way Ayden could tell the jury what happened to him was through the evidence from his autopsy.

He said the medical reports and opinions of numerous doctors provided proof that Ayden's injuries were from continuing and escalating child abuse.

Then, using the medically-determined times of when the injuries occurred, Kurland argued that each injury matched up with a time when Jimenez had an opportunity to have exclusive care of the baby.