Detroit father to stand trial in 8-month-old son's death
A 31-year-old Detroit man accused of killing his 8-month-old son will stand trial, officials said Monday.
A Detroit district court judge Monday ordered Dominique Jones-Hardy to stand trial in Wayne County Circuit Court on Jan. 29, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The judge made the ruling during a preliminary examination of the case against him.
Jones-Hardy faces charges of murder, second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and second-degree child abuse, officials said. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Police said they were called at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2017, to the baby's home on the 11600 block of Laing near Kelly Road and Whittier Avenue on the city's east side.
According to officials, Jones-Hardy told police he laid the boy down in a bedroom and then left the room. He told officers he heard a loud "thump" and saw him on the floor, unresponsive, authorities said. Authorities in December said the infant had multiple head fractures.
On Dec. 12, the infant was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. The boy died at the hospital two days later, officials said.