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January 4, 2013
A severe case of child abuse lands a father in jail.
Detectives say the man admitted to violently shaking his seven month old baby at least three times.
Authorities are learning more about what they believe happened inside this Chapmansboro home.
26 year old Wesley Eric Scott was caring for his newborn son, and allegedly injuring the baby so severely he nearly died.
"I've been in law enforcement going on 19 years, and this is probably the worst one I've had the case on, or ever seen," says Sgt. Travis Walker with the Cheatham Co. Sheriff's Dept.
The case began last week when Scott rushed his son to Gateway Medical Center. It wasn't long before suspicions grew.
Detectives say the medical staff at Gateway Medical Center first noticed the baby's injuries and called 911 to report a possible crime.
X-rays were done on the child which allegedly revealed numerous injuries.
"The infant had 24 rib fractures and also the scan showed he had two injuries to the skull," says Sgt. Walker.
Cheatham County Sgt. Travis Walker says Scott confessed to shaking the baby three times...squeezing his ribs, and snapping his head.
"He was tired, aggravated, trying to get some sleep, trying to work six days a week," says Sgt. Walker.
We spoke with the baby's maternal grandmother.
She didn't want to go on camera, but tells us the baby is improving and is now listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital.
While it is hoped he will recover, he still faces the possibility of brain damage.
Wesley Eric Scott is now in jail on a $500,000 bond.
Meanwhile, Detective Sgt. Travis Walker continues to develop evidence against the father of the little boy.
"I just can't fathom how bad it is for that child, and to be only seven weeks old," says Sgt. Walker.
The baby's mother has not been charged in this case, but the boy is now in state custody as he recovers at Vanderbilt.
Wesley Eric Scott will be in court next week.
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Friday, January 4 2013, 10:13 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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