Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In Ohio, Trial starts for Heath resident charged with injuring baby | Shaken Baby Syndrome

Court proceedings began Tuesday to determine whether Jeremiah Gillespie seriously injured a 4-month-old boy or the injuries were caused by previous medical issues.

Jeremiah J. Gillespie, 19, was reportedly charged with one count of assault, a second-degree felony; and two counts of child endangering, a second-degree felony and a third-degree felony, in connection with injuries to 4-month-old Gage Koonts.

Gillespie reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied abusing the infant in an interview with Heath police Sgt. Craig Black. "I did not touch him," Gillespie told Black.

On March 22, Gillespie was reportedly alone with Gage at their apartment when Gage became tense, convulsed and vomited.  Laurelann Claypool, the infants mother, was reportedly at work when the incidents occurred and missed seven messages from Gillespie, reportedly her live-in boyfriend, before returning home.

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