Murray Woman Arrested in Connection with Child’s Death
Last Thursday Jennifer Martinez was babysitting a 4-month-old child, Kaysen Calhoun. After the child had reportedly coughed up blood and stopped breathing Martinez called 911. The child was originally taken to IMC in Murray and then later flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center. The child later passed away on Sunday. Today the babysitter, Martinez, has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse homicide for her possible involvement in the child’s death. Martinez is being held on bail for a first degree felony charge. According to reports the child had no known health problems prior to the incident and the cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
Child Abuse Charges
Child abuse is classified as not only physically injuring a child but also as allowing someone to injure a child in your custody. The criminal justice systems works hard to punish violent criminals and when the victim is a child the incentives for punishment become even stronger. Under Utah child abuse laws, the punishment fits the crime to some extent because as the injuries become more serious the punishments become more serious as well. In Martinez’s case above, if she is convicted of the first degree felony she will go to prison for many years.
Child Abuse Defense
Law enforcement and the criminal justice system are committed to finding and prosecuting those who abuse children. Although this is a noble cause that should be supported, it does not always produce 100% fool proof results. Innocent people do get charged with crimes, and if they don’t fight them properly they can be convicted. Furthermore, the criminal justice system is set up in such a way that it expects people to defend their own rights, if you don’t get a lawyer to defend yourself then you are simply submitting yourself to the will of the court regardless of what you are or are not guilty of. The lawyers at Salcido Law Firm are experienced trial attorneys and can help in almost any situation. Call today to set up a free consultation.