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Kokomo man guilty in murder of infant

July sentencing set for Jaquail Smith
Posted at 10:15 AM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 10:27:21-04

KOKOMO—Jaquail Smith will be sentenced in July, after jurors found the 23-year-old Kokomo man guilty of murder in the death of his girlfriend's infant son.

Eight-week-old August Minniear died from severe head trauma in November, 2017.

According to court documents filed by the Howard County Prosecutor, Smith was watching the baby while his mother was visiting a friend.

Kinzie Minniear told police she returned home and found her son's head was swollen.

Kokomo police began their investigation when the infant was brought to Howard Regional Hospital with serious head injuries.

At the time, Smith told investigators he was playing video games when he noticed the baby had stopped breathing.

He claimed he did not know how August had been injured and said he had shaken and pinched the infant until breathing resumed.

Smith tested positive for THC, amphetamine and methamphetamine the night August died.

Howard County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Murray has Smith's sentencing for July 10.