In the death of his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, a man was found guilty of third-degree murder.
Jahrid Josef Burgess was found guilty of third-degree murder and related counts in the death of his ex-girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter by a Northumberland County jury after a little more than an hour of deliberation.
Bail was set at $750,000 by Judge Charles H Saylor on Thursday.
For third-degree murder, the guideline sentence range is 20 to 40 years.
Burgess, 21, was also convicted of aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, and obstruction in child abuse cases, according to the jury.
They acquitted him of first-degree murder, indicating that they did not believe he killed Arabella Parker on purpose.
He admitted to picking her up and hurling her toward a couch because she was not eating.
He said the majority of her body landed on the couch, but the back of her head landed on the floor.
The incident happened in October.
He died on January 20, 2019, in the Trevorton house he shared with the toddler’s mother, Samantha Jo Delcamp.
Parker remained in a coma until November, when she passed away.
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville will host a memorial service on February 22, 2019.
Burgess researched seizures on the Internet and called his mother, Christy Lynn Willis, instead of dialing 911, according to testimony given during the four-day trial.
She dialed 911 about 20 minutes after arriving at the residence.
Children can recover from head injuries if they receive prompt medical attention, according to District Attorney Tony Matulewicz.
He noted that 49 minutes had passed since the 911 call was made, and that it was for a seizure rather than a head injury.
According to him, this prevented Geisinger from having a trauma team ready when she arrived.
Matulewicz expressed his delight with the outcome.
Doctors’ testimony and Burgess’ admission that he threw the toddler were crucial to the case, he said.
According to him, the doctors’ descriptions of Parker’s injuries showed child abuse and that the seizure was caused by a head injury, not the other way around as the defendant claimed.
“My decision to toss her was wrong,” Burgess testified earlier Thursday, but he insisted he had no intention of killing the young girl.
When he claimed Parker fell off a child’s chair, hit her head, and began seizing, he admitted to lying to police.
He denied that he was looking for something specific…
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