Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dad to go to trial for murder of 8-month-old daughter (Greene County, Tennessee)

Notice that Mom got 25 years for "child neglect"--or basically "failing" to stop a violent criminal father from committing his crimes. That is longer than many fathers get for actually killing the kids. Typical double standard.

Dad is identified as STEPHEN JENNINGS.

Father faces trial this week in 8-month-old daughter's death

Posted: May 18, 2015 4:30 PM EDT
Updated: May 18, 2015 4:32 PM EDT

By News Channel 11 Staff

GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - Stephen Jennings, the man accused in the murder death of his 8-month-old daughter in September 2012, will face trial this week.

A jury was seated in Jennings' trial Monday morning in Greeneville Criminal Court. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

The 8-month-old's mother, Pooja Jennings, pleaded guilty to aggravated child neglect in the case in December 2014 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors said at the time she would be a witness in Stephen Jennings' case.

Pooja's daughter, Abby Jennings, died on September 18, 2012.

Investigators said, the day before her death, she was found unresponsive and bruised at Pooja's home on Fairview Road. She was taken to a Greenville hospital where she later died.

Investigators charge the baby's father with murder.