Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney Kellie Wingate-Campbell filed charges Thursday against the father of a ten-week-old child. Brenlee Gilbert was found unresponsive at a home on Linn Road, southwest of Odessa, on Friday, May 17. She died Monday from injuries allegedly inflicted by Alex Gilbert, 24, of Independence. An autopsy performed the following day revealed Brenlee had several broken bones, including a skull fracture. The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled the baby’s death a homicide.
According to the Probable Cause Statement, Gilbert was the only person to be alone with Brenlee in the 24 hours prior to her hospitalization. He had reportedly been seen on previous occasions tossing the ten-week-old in the air. The mother also reported finding bruising on the bottom of the 10-week-old, and claims Gilbert said it came from bouncing the child up and down on his knee.
Alex Gilbert has been charged with second-degree murder stemming from an incident on May 15, according to online court records. His bond was set at $500,000.
Gilbert entered a plea of “not guilty” at an arraignment Thursday morning. A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00 a.m.
Press Release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office
May 21, 2013:
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death of a 10 week old infant. On May 17, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, deputies from the sheriff’s office and Sni Valley Fire and Rescue responded to an address on Linn Road in southwestern Lafayette County for an unresponsive infant experiencing shortness of breath. The infant was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs where injuries to the infant were discovered. The infant was stabilized and transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where the infant died on May 20th.
An autopsy preformed by the Jackson County Medical Examiner on May 21st indicated that the infant suffered numerous broken bones, including a skull fracture, contusions, and brain damage. The medical examiner determined the death to be a homicide. The sheriff’s office is currently investigating.
Update (May 23, 2013):
The Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney has filed charges against Alex A. Gilbert, 24, of Independence, Missouri, with murder in the second degree, in connection with the death of the 10 week old infant girl. The court has set a bond of $500,000 cash only. Gilbert remains in custody of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.