Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 24, 2013

Not guilty plea in death of Boyd baby

Powell County man, 18, was boyfriend of 2-month-old’s mother

CATLETTSBURG — A Powell County teenager accused in the beating death of an infant pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday.

Brett T. Thompson, 18, of Stanton was arraigned Friday in Boyd County Court.

Thompson has been indicted in the death of 2-month-old Alivia Noel Worstell of Westwood. He was the boyfriend of the baby’s mother, Heather Worstell, 19.

Thompson will be back in court in August for a pre-trial conference. His bond has been set at $100,000.

According to Kentucky State Police at Ashland, the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Caroline Drive on May 4 after receiving a report of an unresponsive infant in the home.

Boyd County Emergency Medical Services also responded and transported the baby to King’s Daughters Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead by Boyd County Deputy Coroner Dr. Ralph Beadle.

An autopsy performed May 5 at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort showed the youngster had died of multiple head and brain injuries caused by blunt-force trauma, the KSP said.

Following the autopsy, the sheriff’s department contacted the KSP and requested the case be assigned to a detective.  Detective Ben Cramer responded and launched an investigation, the KSP said.

During the course of the probe, Cramer learned Thompson had struck the infant in the head.

Thompson could get 20 years to life in prison if he is convicted. He is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.

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