UPDATED: Itasca County man charged in infant son's death
Under questioning, Jenkins said he dropped Joseph while in the shower on Oct. 9 and that the child landed on his head on the floor of the tub, according to the complaint.
The St. Louis County medical examiner said the infant had experienced blunt force trauma as well as cuts and injuries to his chest, abdomen, hand, fingers, feet and toes, according to the complaint.Investigators interviewed the infant’s mother, who said Jenkins bit their son many times because the baby was crying, according to the complaint. Jenkins wouldn’t allow the baby to go to a scheduled medical appointment because Jenkins did not want anyone to see the injuries.She also said they made up the story about the neighbor’s dog biting the baby, according to the complaint.Jenkins allegedly “committed multiple acts of child abuse on his infant son,” County Attorney John J. Muhar said in a statement.Jenkins has multiple convictions, including for domestic abuse and driving while intoxicated, according to court records.
A second-degree murder charge doesn’t require the prosecution to prove intent. It is punishable by 40 years in prison.