Tennessee man charged with homicide in death of baby girl

January 14, 2021 GMT

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who told investigators he became frustrated with a 6-month-old baby girl while feeding her was accused of killing the infant.

Soddy-Daisy police responded to a hospital where the baby was taken in September after getting a report about “suspicious head injuries” on the infant, Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Wednesday.

Police talked to Seth Jones, of Soddy-Daisy, who initially told them the child fell off a couch on Sept. 21 while he was making a bottle of formula for her, according to Soddy-Daisy court records obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The relationship between Jones and the infant was not clear.


A medical examiner’s report that was completed in late December and Jan. 4 showed the child sustained severe injuries to her head and spine. The death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma, and Jones, 29, was called in for another interview.

Jones told investigators he became frustrated while feeding the child that day and “spun around in frustration,” causing the baby to fly across the room and into a TV stand, according to the criminal affidavit.

When the baby lay unresponsive on the floor, Jones told police he picked up the infant and shook her for “two to three minutes” before calling the child’s mother, according to court documents.

It was not immediately clear if Jones has an attorney who could comment on this behalf. He was arrested last week for criminal homicide and booked on a $620,000 bond.

He is expected to appear in court next month.