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Ky. man pleads not guilty in death of infant

May. 25, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- An eastern Kentucky man is scheduled to be back to court in August after pleading not guilty to killing a 2-month-old girl.

Brett R. Thompson, 18, of Stanton entered the plea Friday in Boyd County. He is charged with murder in the May 4 death of Alivia Noel Worstell of Westwood.

The sheriff's department responded to a report of an unresponsive child in the 100 block of Caroline Drive in Westwood on May 4. The 9 pound, one-ounce infant was transported to King's Daughters' Medical Center and was pronounced dead by Boyd County Deputy Coroner Ralph Beadle.

An autopsy the following day at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office determined the death was a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma. The infant had multiple head and brain injuries causing the death.

Thompson had been staying at the home of his girlfriend in the Westwood area at the time, according to Commonwealth Attorney David Justice.

If convicted, Thompson faces a prison sentence of 20 years to life in prison, according to Justice.

Thompson is lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. His bond is set at $100,000.

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