the republic logo

Clarksville father goes on trial in death of infant son

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee — The trial has begun for a Middle Tennessee man accused of murder in the death of his infant son.

The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1pY8nqJ) reports the trial of Jacobi Jarel Pender opened Monday afternoon with the 911 call he made after finding his 5-month-old son unresponsive in his crib. The child, Isaiah Treyvon Pender, died on Nov. 11, 2012.

Jacobi Pender is charged with felony murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

He was charged after an autopsy found the child suffered from subdural hemorrhaging, bleeding on the brain and hemorrhaging of the spine.

Prosecutor Kimberly Lund said the child died from a blunt force injury, and that Pender has given varying accounts of how the infant could have received the injuries.

Defense attorney Stephanie Ritchie says a defense expert will testify that the child wasn't abused and died from natural causes.

"Sometimes bad things happen to good people," Ritchie said during her opening statement. "As Mrs. Lund said, 'As sad as it sometimes is, babies just die.'"

Ritchie said her client hasn't changed his story, but was a grieving father trying to recall anything that happened that could have injured his son.

"He will tell you the sheer terror of recalling he had hit the baby's head - the terror he'd done something wrong," Ritchie said. "This bump was not significant or fatal. You will hear from both medical examiners that this bump he described is not the cause of the death, but is consistent with the defense expert's explanation of the bruise on the child's brain."


Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.