Father guilty of manslaughter in baby's death

By Christopher Yazbec, News editor, News4Jax.com, cyazbec@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 04:23:17 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 04:32:08 PM EST
Robert Jerrell

Robert Jerrell

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -

A 35-year-old Nassau County man was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated manslaughter of a child for his involvement in the death of his 9-month-old son.

In May 2012, Robert Jerrell was at home with the baby and a 2-year-old child. During that time, Jerrell placed both children into a bathtub filled with water.

After a period of time, Jerrell removed the 2-year-old but left the 9-month-old in the tub unsupervised, long enough that the baby drowned.

Prosecutors said Jerrell also neglected to contact authorities immediately upon finding the baby.

Jerrell is classified as a habitual felony offender and now faces up to life in prison. He will be sentenced on Jan. 16.

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