It was brief jury trial for 24-year-old Jeremy Erickson of Kimball who was found guilty of causing the death of his 15-month-old son Tristen in December.
Erickson was found guilty of a Class IB felony charge of child abuse resulting the death of the child. The charge states Erickson knowingly and intentionally caused harm to the child.
Emergency responders found the toddler unresponsive and not breathing after responding to a call to a mobile home in Dix on Dec. 9. Tristen was flown to an Aurora, Colo., hospital and taken off life support two days later.
Autopsy results showed that the boy's skull was fractured and he had spinal cord and brain injuries. Also found were retinal hemorrhaging and outer skin bruising.
Erickson will be sentenced in a Kimball courtroom on October 20. He faces 20 years to life in prison.
SIDNEY - Jury trial began this week in Kimball County District Court for a 24-year-old Kimball man accused of causing the death of his 15-month-old son.
Presentation of evidence began Tuesday in the case of Jeremy R. Erickson, who is charged with child abuse resulting in the death of his son, Tristen. The toddler died shortly after being removed from life support Dec. 11 at an Aurora, Colo., hospital. Doctors said his death was the result of injuries he sustained while in his father’s care.
Kimball County emergency crews responded to a mobile home in Dix on Dec. 9 where they found the unresponsive child in respiratory arrest. He was airlifted to Denver Children’s Hospital. Doctors there told authorities that all attempts to revive Tristen were unsuccessful.
Erickson was arrested by Kimball County authorities Dec. 12 and remains the sole suspect in the death of his son, authorities said.
The child abuse charge is a Class IB felony, which carries a minimum punishment of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment.
According to Nebraska statutes, child abuse is a Class IB felony if the offense is committed knowingly and intentionally and results in the death of such child.
The trial is expected to last through Aug. 17.