- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man accused in the death of a 7-month-old child has rejected a plea deal and will go on trial.

The Delaware State News reports 48-year-old James E. Hammond is charged with first-degree murder by abuse or neglect in the February 2014 death of Aubri N. Thompson. Hammond on Monday rejected the Delaware Department of Justice’s offer to plead guilty to a second-degree murder charge, which would have carried a 10-year sentence.

Defense attorney P. Scott Wilson says Hammond is aware of the risk in rejecting the offer.

A medical examiner’s report says the baby girl died from blunt force trauma. Investigators said they were told she had fallen from a crib while Hammond was watching her during her parents’ vacation.

A jury trial is scheduled to start Tuesday.


Information from: Delaware State News, http://delawarestatenews.net

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