Father charged with first-degree reckless homicide for death of infant

Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident Deron Love, who has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect for the death of his son, has refused a plea bargain and will face a trial by jury, the Journal Sentinel reported on September 10.

According to Assistant District Attorney Grant Huebner, Love was ironing clothes in a room inside his house when he returned to find his son not breathing on the couch. Love then shook the child and poured cold water over him. When the boy remained unresponsive, Love texted his girlfriend and called 911.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin physician and certified child abuse specialist Angela Rabbitt found blood in the baby’s brain and said the infant likely died from traumatic brain injury. Love’s attorney, however, and Huebner maintained that there was no evidence of violence in the apartment, and the child had no signs of bruises or trauma.

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