A 28-year-old West Virginia man faces life in prison for brutally killing his infant daughter by shaking and strangling her to death. A jury in Jackson County on Tuesday found Jeffrey Todd Hoskins guilty of each count of manslaughter, parental abuse of a child resulting in death, and strangulation resulting in the death of a 6-month-old child Riana Hoskinsauthorities announced Wednesday.
Based on Court records reviewed by Law & Crime, prosecutors sought to convict Hoskins of first-degree murder.
“What he did was commit the murder of his biological daughter, Riana Hoskins, in the first degree,” said Jackson County Prosecutor. Kyle Moore said while concluding the debate, based on Charleston ABC/Fox affiliate WCHS-TV.
Under West Virginia law, Hoskins faces a maximum sentence of one year for manslaughter, five years for strangulation and 15 years for life for child abuse.
“We have seen many different cases [of] shivering baby [syndrome] – it has come to an end,” Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger reported Parkersburg News and Sentinel. “I think the baby is already 6 months old.”
According to reports, delegates from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on October 7, 2018 responded to a call from officials at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Charleston regarding an unborn infant. The response was to what doctors thought was a case of a baby having a concussion. syndrome. Doctors tried to resuscitate the baby, eventually placing him on life support. The child held on for more than a year before succumbing to his injuries on January 8, 2020.
Hoskins told investigators he was breastfeeding the baby when she suddenly started choking and lost consciousness. However, police said Hoskins repeatedly changed the story he told investigators.
“On further questioning, Hoskins changed his story and confessed to jerking the child after he choked on milk and lost consciousness. [Hoskins] went on to change his story saying that he shook the baby harder than he originally said, “ Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger reported said. Mellinger noted that Hoskins allegedly demonstrated action to investigators by shaking a stuffed teddy bear “hearing enough to make his head shake back and forth,” according to the report. Sentinel.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Hoskins admitted that he made up the story of his daughter choking after a witness told authorities she saw him put a hand over his hand. the child’s mouth to try to stop her from crying.
“[Hoskins] said the baby was crying and wouldn’t stop, so he shook her vigorously and then grabbed her by the neck and strangled her. reported documents said. He confessed that he had shaken the baby in the same way three or four times before.
Days after Riana was hospitalized, the doctors treating her informed investigators that they had found evidence that she had previously sustained similar injuries and was showing signs of healing.
After her death, paramedics reported that even if Riana survived the attack, she would most likely suffer severe brain damage and spend the rest of her life on a ventilator.
Authorities said before his arrest, Hoskins told people that if Riana died, he planned to flee the state.
“She’d better not die, she needs to get well, fully recover and get back to normal so they don’t have a hard time with this. I’m on the run from a murder charge, I’m not trying to live zero tolerance in prison, that’s too long,” he wrote on a social media platform. “I am only 25 years old. I would rather die than spend the rest of my life in prison.”
According to the Sentinel, the jury deliberated for only 45 minutes before reaching a guilty verdict on the aforementioned charges. The sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
[image via Jackson County Sheriff’s Office]
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