An autopsy found multiple skull fractures and bruises on Journee's body, which her cousin initially claimed occurred when she fell out of a playpen. He later changed his story and told investigators he'd run into the kitchen with her in his arms and they fell, the Star Banner reported.
The boy said he put the little girl on the counter to check on her and accidentally knocked her to the floor. He remained in custody Friday and was anticipated to face the charges in juvenile court.
Davis blames poor supervision and neglect for her daughter’s death, and said she feels sorry for Berhaun. She said she believes he needs counseling, but expressed worry that, if released, he could further harm his sister or other children.
The Star Banner said the sister told authorities that her brother had beat her and Journee multiple times when they were left alone while their mother ran errands.
Kendall Blyden gave a similar story in 2014 of his girlfriend's son falling from a "pack 'n play"-style crib, the newspaper reported. Rhonda Stroup, who was a Marion County detective on the case, testified Wednesday that the crib was only about 27 inches high, a height inconsistent with the injuries Jayden suffered.
Dr. Torrey Baines, a doctor who treated Jayden at the same hospital where Journee died, testified that the baby boy suffered critical brain injuries and retinal bleeding, a sign of being shaken violently, the newspaper said.
Jayden, also like Journee, was taken off of life support a couple of days after he was admitted to the hospital.