Alex Gilbert

A hearing in the case against an Independence man has been scheduled for Wednesday morning in Lafayette County. Alex Gilbert, 24, was charged last Thursday with second-degree murder in the death of his ten-week-old infant.

The child was found unresponsive at a home on Linn Road, southwest of Odessa, on Friday, May 17.  She died at an area hospital on May  20th.  The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled the baby’s death a homicide after finding numerous broken bones, including a skull fracture.

Gilbert was allegedly the only person to be alone with the infant in the 24 hours prior to her hospitalization and later death, according to the probable cause statement.  He had reportedly been seen on previous occasions tossing the child in the air.

Gilbert pleaded “not guilty” during his initial arraignment.  His hearing will get underway at 9:00 a.m.

Gilbert is being held on a $500,000 bond.

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