(BEDFORD, IN) - 17-year-old Casey L. Garrison, the teen that is facing charges for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 7-month-old son will be tried as an adult for the crime.
The injuries sustained to 7-month-old Jamison Essick would ultimately lead to the child's death.
Juvenile referee Jim Gallagher ruled yesterday that Garrison would be tried as an adult on an aggravated battery charge.
The aggravated battery charge is the result of Garrison reportedly beating the child; it is unclear at this time why exactly the charge was not an aggravated battery charge resulting in death.
Defense attorney Nathan Nikirk argued the state hadn't presented enough evidence to meet probable cause for the arrest on the Class B felony.
Police were originally called to a residence in the early hours of the morning to a home on North Jackson Street by 7-month-old Jamison Essick's mother Kaitlin "Erin" Essick, stating that her son was not breathing.
According to police, Kaitlin Essick drank tequila and swallowed medicine used to treat panic disorders and seizures and eventually passed out.
Essick and Garrison were reportedly dating at the time, the child not being Casey Garrison's son.
Garrison remained awake inside the house as the young child slept.
Another person inside the residence, James King, stated that he awoke and discouraged Garrison from being involved in a fight with someone.
Garrison then told King as he walked into the bedroom that Jamison and Kaitlin slept, that he was going to have sex with Kaitlin and then go to bed.
King then told police after that after Garrison enter the room he heard a sudden banging or thumping noise.
7-month-old Jamison was later rushed to a Bedford hospital and later flown to an Indianapolis hospital were he was pronounced dead.
According to police, Jamison died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head.
After moving Casey Garrison's case to the adult court, Gallagher set his bond at $50,000 cash and sent him to Lawrence County Security until bond is posted.
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