Jury finds man not guilty in death of girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter

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GOLDEN, Colo. — A jury in Jefferson County found a man not guilty in the death of his girlfriend’s young daughter.

The jury acquitted Justin Hale, 32, Thursday on charges of First Degree Murder of a Child and Reckless Child Abuse Resulting in Death.

Hale was accused in the death of 13-month-old Brookelynn Palmer. He was arrested June 3, 2013.

Police responded to Hale’s home in Westminster on May 18, 2013 on a report of a child who was not breathing. She was airlifted to Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Evidence presented at trial said Justin Hale was caring for the little girl before she began to throw up and have seizures. The baby’s mother, Dorothy Palmer, was in another room getting dressed.

Dorothy told police she heard a “thump.” She said Hale told her the baby had been sitting on the coffee table and had fallen and hit her head when he stepped away for a moment.

The child had a skull fracture and swelling of the brain and never regained consciousness.

The trial lasted eight days before Hale was found not guilty.


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