Intimate relationships can often be tumultuous, and at times accusations of violence may erupt between those in such relationships. Recently in Spokane, local news reports focused on a 32-year-old man who has been accused of homicide in the death of a 2-year-old girl, the daughter of his girlfriend. When defendants are facing such serious charges as second degree murder, as in this case, they are often in need of a strong criminal defense.
The incident reportedly happened in September when the child's mother had apparently been out late the night before. The reports indicate that she arrived home around 3 o'clock in the morning, and did not notice that the child was deceased when she checked on her around 11 a.m. It was apparently another child in the home, a 4-year-old, who checked on the child and brought the issue to the attention of adults in the home.
Several people reportedly lived in the residence, including a woman who claims that the 2-year-old exhibited changed behavior around the defendant. The man, who is now facing several different criminal charges, was purportedly on the run but was caught in neighboring Idaho. According to authorities, the cause of death in this case was blunt force abdominal trauma, such as the type that comes from a single severe injury. Medical personnel had initially been called to the home earlier due to reports of the child not breathing.
When an untimely death occurs, accusations can swirl and the full story may get lost in the confusion. Especially when multiple people reside in a single residence, and relationships between individuals may be strained, it can be difficult to figure out what has truly happened. For the accused, it can be highly beneficial to explore all criminal defense options. Avoiding a criminal conviction on homicide, domestic assault or felony battery charges may be possible with the right legal help.
Source: KREM, "Suspect in toddler homicide appears in Spokane courtroom," Lindsay Nadrich, Oct. 31, 2016