A man who was set to stand trial for killing his 3-month-old daughter accepted a plea deal nearly two years after her death.
Josiah Jones, 22 was charged in March 2016 in the death of his daughter Naomi Jones.
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Earlier this month, Jones pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death less than a week before his trial was set to begin. On March 2, 2016, Lakewood police were called to a home where they found the infant unresponsive.
At the time, her father said she had tumbled off a sofa onto a tile floor three days earlier – on Feb. 29 – but that she was crying afterward and seemed fine, according to a copy of the child’s autopsy report obtained by 9Wants to Know.
Dr. Andrea Wiens, a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist in Tulsa, Okla., concluded that Naomi Jones suffered two separate serious blows to the head. The first occurred two to three weeks before her death.
But the second happened no more than four days before her March 6 death – meaning it could not have been the result of a fall off a sofa on Feb. 29.
The infant suffered severe injuries including intracranial hemorrhage, skull fracture, bilateral subdural hematoma and traumatic brain injury.
She was transported to Denver Health Medical Center and then transferred to Childrens’ Hospital Colorado. She died three days later.
Josiah Jones will be sentenced on April 10. He faces a prison sentence of 16 to 32 years.