OGDEN -- A man accused of murdering an almost-3-month-old girl in December gave conflicting stories about how the infant sustained injuries believed to have caused her death, an Ogden police detective testified Monday.
Detective Mark Ramsey testified during a three-hour preliminary hearing for 35-year-old Jeremy Marshall.
Following the hearing, 2nd District Judge Scott M. Hadley found probable cause to bind Marshall over for trial.
Marshall is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Kennedy Lucille "Baby K" Marshall.
He is being held in Weber County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Marshall lived in the same home as Kennedy Marshall and her mother, Afton Moneypenny, though he and Moneypenny were not married, police say.
However, the girl is listed in a probable cause affidavit as Marshall's stepdaughter.
Kennedy Marshall was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden on Dec. 14 because she was unresponsive. From there, the girl was transferred to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where she died later that night.
Utah Chief Medical Examiner Todd C. Grey testified Monday that an autopsy revealed Kennedy had injuries consistent with being shaken violently and having her head slammed into a hard object.
"It was a combination of acceleration or deceleration (from violent shaking) as well as impact," he said.
Dr. Lori D. Frasier, medical director of Primary Children's Medical Center's Safe and Healthy Families program, testified Monday that she was asked to electronically review the girl's injury information before Kennedy arrived at the hospital.
"We had a lot of information from the CT scan that she was in bad shape," she said.
Frasier agreed with Grey that the girl died as a result of violent shaking and a blow to the head from a hard object.
She also testified Kennedy Marshall had other injuries indicating she had been abused, including a fractured left wrist and cracked ribs that were healing.
Ramsey testified that, during interviews, Marshall kept changing his story about how the infant was injured.
Marshall said he was awakened by Kennedy Marshall around 3 a.m. Dec. 14 and that she struck her head as he attempted to put her back in her crib.
Marshall also offered other explanations for the injuries, incl uding that possibly he had rolled on top of the child while she slept next to him in bed; that he had stumbled, causing a baby carrier she was in to bump the ground; or that he had accidentally hit her head on the crib, Ramsey said.
Ramsey testified that he told Marshall that Kennedy Marshall's injuries were not consistent with those scenarios.
Prosecutors said in court Monday that Marshall attempted suicide following Kennedy Marshall's death.
Marshall's next court hearing is June 5 for a status conference.