Ogden man pleads guilty to murder in infant’s death
An Ogden man has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-month-old daughter.
Jeremy David Marshall, 37, was originally charged with aggravated murder in the 2011 death of Kennedy Lucille "Baby K" Marshall.
Last week, Marshall pleaded guilty to a lesser count of first-degree felony murder.
He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced July 2.
During a preliminary hearing in 2nd District Court, a medical examiner said the infant died as a result of shaking and trauma to her head.
According to court records, the child was brought to a local hospital on Dec. 14, 2011, and died later that day. An autopsy concluded that the child suffered from a lethal closed head injury.
"Marshall stated that while he was attending to [the child] in the middle of the night that he forcefully put K.M. back in her crib, hitting her head pretty had on the crib," plea agreement documents filed court state. "Mr. Marshall later admitted to his mother in a conversation regarding what happened with K.M. that he ‘murdered somebody.’ "
The child’s mother, Afton Moneypenny, told the Salt Lake Tribune in 2012 that Marshall was good with the child, but that doctors later found cracked ribs and other injuries.
"He’s put his hands on me before," Moneypenny said. "But I didn’t think he had the capacity of killing someone, especially a baby."