Sunday, July 19, 2009

Judge Denies Bail for Jeremy Hendrex Arrested for Child Abuse

A judge is refusing to grant bail or house arrest for a man convicted last week of child abuse involving his infant daughter.

The request had been made by the attorney of Jeremy Hendrex, 29, of Sandusky and formerly of Weathersfield who was convicted Wednesday of seriously injuring his infant daughter. His attorney, Patrick Donlin, said in court documents he plans to file an appeal in the case.

Donlin's two separate motions filed Friday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court seeking bail for his client were denied by Judge Peter Kontos.

The first motion asked the court to grant post-conviction bail or house arrest for Hendrex pending his sentencing Aug. 24. The second asked the court to grant post-conviction bail pending an appeal of Hendrex's conviction.

Hendrex had his bond revoked following his conviction Wednesday and remains at the Trumbull County Jail. He faces between two and eight years behind bars for felonious assault and child endangering, both second-degree felonies.

The felonious assault alleged that Hendrex caused ''serious physical harm'' to his daughter, 10-week-old Alyssa Jarome, on Sept. 22, 2007. The endangering charge alleged that Hendrex was reckless in causing injuries to the child.

The jury decided Hendrex intentionally caused the injuries.

Donlin told the jury there was clearly reasonable doubt after conflicting testimony from his medical expert and several experts from Cleveland Clinic offering reports or called to the witness stand by the prosecution.

Doctors who testified for the prosecution said they detected two skull fractures that could have come only from deliberate blows.

A physician from Washington, D.C., testifying for the defense said he found no fractures and that initial seizures suffered by the infant were most likely from a condition developed at birth.

Alyssa, now 2, speaks about only 10 words and is considered developmentally delayed and blind in one eye, caused by retinal bleeding.

In early statements, the defendant admitted nothing. But in final statements captured on tape, he admits the baby hit her head on a bathtub faucet, slipped off his lap on to the floor and tripped over an electrical cord under a rug. He also said the baby fell from his arms onto wooden trim on a sofa in the Weathersfield trailer he shared with the child's mother.

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