EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMan Found Guilty In Baby Death Trial
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Dave Benton, Heath Harrison, Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 30, 2013 10:35 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 4, 2013 11:42 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
After a week-long trial a Cabell County Circuit Court jury found Michael Fannin guilty Friday in the death of 4-month-old Emma Beatty.
Michael Fannin had been charged with child neglect resulting in death. In April 2011, State Police said Fannin shook Beatty, who then suffered from severe brain swelling. The baby later died at the hospital.
Initially, there was confusion in the courtroom, when the foremen of the jury accidentally selected the “not guilty” box on some paper work, which caused the wrong verdict to be read, but the misunderstanding was cleared up and Fannin was taken into custody.
Family members said while they're glad justice had been served, but they were still heartbroken.
Beatty’s mother, Melissa Hershberger, described the girl as a happy child.
"She had an impact on so many people, and we're going to miss that for the rest of our lives,” Hershberger said.
Fannin's bond has been revoked and he was taken back in jail where he could spend up to 40 years. The law requires him to serve at least 10. The judge will reconsider a sentence in September.
A Cabell County Circuit Court jury found Michael Fannin guilty Friday in the death of 4-month-old Emma Beatty.
Fannin's bond has been revoked and he could spend up to 40 years in jail.
A verdict has been reached, following short deliberations, in the trial of a man charged in the death of a baby in Huntington.
Court is scheduled to reconvene shortly.
Michael Fannin has been charged with child neglect resulting in death after 4-month old Emma Beatty died from brain swelling.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates.
Michael Fannin did not take the stand in his own defense this morning, as promised to the jury earlier in the week by his defense attorney Michael Curtis.
The jury began deliberating in the Michael Fannin trial just moments ago at the Cabell County Courthouse.
Eyewitness News reporter Dan Matics is in court waiting for the verdict.
Keep checking www.wchstv.com for updates.
The trial continues for a man charged in the death of a baby in Huntington.
On Wednesday, the jury heard defense testimony from a forensic pathologist for the trial of Michael Fannin. Fannin was charged with child neglect resulting in death after 4-month old Emma Beatty died from brain swelling. Investigators believe Fannin shook the child, but he claims she fell onto a concrete floor.
The trial was scheduled to continue Thursday morning in Cabell County.
The trial for a man charged in the death of a baby has begun in Cabell County.
Jury selection in the trial for Michael Fannin, 41, of Huntington began Tuesday morning. Fannin was charged with child neglect resulting in death after troopers said a 4-month old baby girl died. Troopers said Fannin shook the child, and the girl suffered severe brain swelling.
Fannin had been babysitting Emma Beatty while her mother was at work. The mother testified Tuesday in court that Emma was normal acting when she left her in Fannin's care that morning back in April of 2011.
The child's mother, Melissa Hershberger took the stand and with tears in her eyes told the court, "In St. Mary's E.R. her legs were shooting back and forth. I believe she was having a seizure. She wasn't responding. She wasn't even crying."
Emma Beatty died a few days later in the hospital from brain swelling.
Fannin claims the child fell out of his arms after a loud noise startled her. Fannin's defense attorny says Emma hit a concrete floor and that Fannin would never had hurt the child and that it was an accident. The trial continues Wednesday morning at 9:00.
A man accused of shaking a baby that died has a trial date set.
Michael Fannin of Huntington was charged with child neglect resulting in death. In April 2011, troopers said Fannin shook a 4-month old baby girl who then suffered from severe brain swelling. The baby later died at the hospital.
Fannin's trial is set for Jan. 15, 2013.
A four-month-old baby, dead at the hands of her babysitter. That's what state police say happened this weekend at a home in Marcum Terrace in Huntington. They arrested Michael Fannin for child abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian resulting in death.
Fannin tells troopers and Eyewitness News that it was just an accident. He told troopers he was holding the baby when a screen door slammed, startling them both. He says the baby girl "flipped over" onto the couch. Then he says she fell on her head on a concrete floor. Trooper say the injuries she sustained do not coincide with either explanation. The baby was taken to the PICU at Cabell Huntington Hospital and died Monday afternoon. Doctors say the cause was a severe case of "shake and slam" or "shaken baby".
Fannin was arraigned in front of magistrate Patty Verbage Spence this afternoon. She set his bail at one million dollars cash-only. He's at the Western Regional Jail and is scheduled to be back in court May 13th.
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