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A Kentucky Man Was Once Arrested Arrested on a Murder Charge But Pleaded to a Lesser Count. Now He's Accused of Killing an Infant.

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Source: MEGA; Louisville Metro Department Of Corrections

Aug. 27 2023, Published 1:36 p.m. ET

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A man once arrested on a murder charge claimed an infant was acting strange and then stopped breathing, but police said the child’s death was a homicide.

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Now, Derrick Taylor Jr., 29, faces a murder count in connection to the death of the infant, according to WLKY.

Last November, police in Louisville, Kentucky, responded to a home for a 1-year-old who was having trouble breathing. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Doctors said they found numerous injuries consistent with child abuse, according to the report. The boy had two skull fractures, broken fingers and other injuries.

The victim died from blunt force trauma.

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Taylor told police the child was behaving unusually and then had trouble breathing, according to WLKY. The relationship between Taylor and the victim was unclear.

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When Taylor was being taken to jail, police said he tried to escape. He was caught with his arms still in handcuffs behind his back.

Taylor was once charged with the murder of a 51-year-old man in 2017 but pleaded to the lesser charge of facilitation of murder. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2020, according to the report.


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