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Opening Statements Set in Trial of Dad Accused of Killing Daughter


Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Issue 16, Volume 15.
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MURRIETA - A jury was seated today for the trial of a Hemet man accused of fatally beating his 3-month-old daughter.

Jason Harley Moore, 34, could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of assault on a child resulting in death.

Jury selection got underway last Wednesday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, who swore in a panel this afternoon and scheduled opening statements for Tuesday morning at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

On the afternoon of July 27, 2010, Moore called 911, saying his daughter Charlotte had stopped breathing. The defendant performed CPR on the infant until paramedics arrived and were able to revive her.

The baby was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where doctors immediately realized she needed acute treatment, at which point she was airlifted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she clung to life until Aug. 5, 2010.

Dr. Mark Massi, the surgeon who treated the child, testified she had a linear skull fracture that caused internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Deputy District Attorney Jess Walsh said Moore described two scenarios of what happened to Charlotte. In one interview, the defendant said that while he was showering, the baby rolled off a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom of her parents' duplex, landing on her head.

Moore told authorities he had left the 3-month-old "on the middle of the bed, surrounded by pillows," Walsh said. In a second interview, however, the defendant said he had left Charlotte lying on the corner of the bed while he was showering.

"He said he heard a scream and found her on the floor," the prosecutor said.

The baby's mother was working when the injury occurred. According to the prosecution, it was customary for the unemployed defendant to watch his baby daughter and his wife Charlotte's two young children from a previous marriage while she was on the job.

Moore is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Jury to be Seated for Trial of Dad Accused of Killing Daughter

MURRIETA - A jury is expected to be seated today for the trial of a Hemet man accused of fatally beating his 3-month-old daughter

Jason Harley Moore, 34, is accused of inflicting major head trauma on his daughter, Charlotte, in July 2010 and could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of assault on a child resulting in death.

Jury selection got underway Wednesday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, who has tentatively scheduled opening statements for Tuesday morning.

Moore remains held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

During a 2011 preliminary hearing, the prosecution contended that on the afternoon of July 27, 2010, Moore called 911 saying his daughter had stopped breathing. The defendant performed CPR on the tot until paramedics arrived and were able to revive her.

Charlotte was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where doctors immediately realized she needed acute treatment, at which point she was airlifted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she clung to life until Aug. 5, 2010.

Dr. Mark Massi, the surgeon who treated the child, testified she had a linear skull fracture that caused internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Deputy District Attorney Jess Walsh said Moore described two scenarios of what happened to Charlotte. In one interview, the defendant said that while he was showering, the baby rolled off a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom of his and his wife's duplex. Moore told authorities he had left the 3-month- old "on the middle of the bed, surrounded by pillows," Walsh said.

In a second interview, however, the defendant said he had left Charlotte lying on the corner of the bed while he was showering.

"He said he heard a scream and found her on the floor," the prosecutor said.

The baby's mother, Charlotte Moore, was working when the injury occurred. According to the prosecution, it was customary for the defendant to watch his baby daughter and his wife's two small children from a previous marriage while she was on the job.

Moore was not employed at the time.


Trial Begins for Dad Accused of Killing Baby Daughter

MURRIETA - Jury selection is slated to begin Wednesday for the trial a Hemet man accused of fatally beating his 3-month-old daughter

Jason Harley Moore, 34, allegedly inflicted major head trauma on his daughter, Charlotte, in July 2010 and could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of assault on a child resulting in death.

Pretrial proceedings were held today before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, who ordered more than 75 prospective jurors to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta Wednesday afternoon for screening as to their availability and qualifications. Jury selection is expected to continue until Friday, with opening statements tentatively set for the morning of Jan. 14.

Moore remains at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning with bail set at $1 million.

During a 2011 preliminary hearing, the prosecution contended that on the afternoon of July 27, 2010, Moore called 911 saying his daughter had stopped breathing. The defendant performed CPR on the tot until paramedics arrived and were able to revive her.

Charlotte was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, then airlifted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she clung to life until Aug. 5, 2010.

Dr. Mark Massi, the surgeon who treated the child, testified she had a linear skull fracture that caused internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Deputy District Attorney Jess Walsh said Moore described two scenarios of what happened to Charlotte. In one interview, the defendant said that while he was showering, the baby rolled off a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom of his and his wife's duplex. Moore told authorities he had left the 3-month-old "on the middle of the bed, surrounded by pillows," Walsh said.

In a second interview, however, the defendant said he had left Charlotte lying on the corner of the bed while he was showering.

"He said he heard a scream and found her on the floor," the prosecutor said.

The baby's mother, Charlotte Moore, was working when the injury occurred. According to the prosecution, it was customary for the defendant to watch his baby daughter and his wife's two small children from a previous marriage while she was on the job.

Moore has no prior felony convictions.

Hemet Man to Stand Trial for Daughter's Death

MURRIETA - A Hemet man accused of fatally beating his 3-month-old daughter was ordered today to stand trial on a felony charge of assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury or death.

Jason Harley Moore, 31, could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of killing baby Charlotte last August.

He's being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Albert Wojcik found there was sufficient evidence to bound the defendant over for trial following a two-hour preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

A post-indictment arraignment is set for May 6.

During the hearing, the prosecution contended that on the afternoon of July 27, 2010, Moore called 911 saying his daughter had stopped breathing. The defendant performed CPR on the tot until paramedics arrived and were able to revive her.

Charlotte was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where doctors immediately realized she needed acute treatment and had her airlifted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she clung to life until Aug. 5.

Dr. Mark Massi, the Loma Linda surgeon who treated the child, testified she had a linear skull fracture that caused internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Deputy District Attorney Jess Walsh said the doctor concluded the injuries were "inconsistent with what could've occurred under the defendant's version of events."

Walsh said Moore described two scenarios of what happened to Charlotte. In one interview, the Hemet man said that while he was showering, the baby rolled off a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom of his and his wife's duplex. Moore told authorities he had left the 3-month-old "on the middle of the bed, surrounded by pillows," Walsh said.

In a second interview, however, the defendant said he had left Charlotte lying on the corner of the bed while he was showering.

"He said he heard a scream and found her on the floor," Walsh said.

The baby's mother, Charlotte Moore, was working when the injury occurred. Walsh said it was customary for the defendant to watch his baby daughter and his wife's two small children from a previous marriage while she was at work.

Moore has no known prior history of child abuse, according to the prosecutor.


Preliminary Hearing Set Today for Man Accused of Killing Infant Daughter

MURRIETA - A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a Hemet man accused of fatally beating his 3-month-old daughter. Jason Harley Moore, 31, could receive 25 years to life in prison if convicted of killing the toddler -- identified in court documents only as Jane Doe -- who died Aug. 5. Moore, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, is charged with a single count of assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury or death. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Paul Dickerson has ordered both the prosecution and defense to be prepared to move forward with Friday's hearing, which is expected to last about three hours. The hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to bound Moore over for trial. He was arrested July 27, 2010, after bringing his daughter to an emergency room at Hemet Valley Medical Center with a brain injury. Doctors suspected child abuse and contacted sheriff's deputies. The child was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she clung to life for more than a week before succumbing to her injuries, according to sheriff's officials. The baby's mother, who was not identified, is not suspected in her death.


 

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Comment #1 | Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 9:05 am
It is always more difficult to remember a lie than the truth.

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