Dad Charged With Infant Death Said Baby Was Choking

Jikevious Scott At Home With Other Family Members During Incident

A Columbus dad charged with the death of his own infant son appeared in Recorder’s Court Monday morning. Jikevious Scott told police he shook his baby but not to hurt the seven month old.

Investigators with the Columbus Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit responded to the Piedmont Hospital in Midtown where seven month old Jayce Bell was unresponsive. The baby never recovered from his injury. A Police detective said the 22 year old dad and his infant baby were in a home with several other people at the time of the incident but witness testimony didn’t “line up” and results of a preliminary autopsy report prompted the murder charge.

A detective testified they were called to the hospital January 11th to follow up on reports of an unresponsive infant.   The baby never regained consciousness after being hospitalized and died three days later at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Doctors told investigators the baby’s injuries were consistent with shaking and when police interviewed Jikevious Scott he admitted to shaking the infant but he said it was because the baby was choking on formula at the time.

Police interviewed witnesses in the home but testified there was a “gap” in the information provided. A medical exam revealed baby Jayce had a brain bleed from brain damage and other unspecified injuries.  The full autopsy report has not been released by the GBI crime lab and the incident is still under investigation.

The felony murder second degree charge was specifically created for incidents like this the police detective said where there is an absence of malice but negligence ends in death. In this case negligence involving cruelty to children.  Jikevious Scott could serve a minimum of ten years if convicted. Scott will remain in custody at the Muscogee County Jail without bond pending his next court appearance.


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