Father on trial in death of 5-month-old baby

Published On: Nov 07 2011 02:42:18 PM EST   Updated On: May 15 2013 12:50:55 PM EDT

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photos of Cordero Webber and Kierra Laird


The father of a 5-month-old boy who died of blunt force head trauma in November 2011 is now on trial.

Cordero Webber is charged with child neglect and murder in the death of Cordero Webber Jr.

The boy died after being taken to Baptist Medical Center from his home on 103rd Street on the Westside.

The baby's mother, Kierra Laird, is awaiting trial on child neglect charges.

The couple told police they called 911 when they found the baby was not breathing.

In addition to the head trauma, the Medical Examiner found bruises on the boy's face, chest, elbow, ear and the back of his head, and five fractured ribs, according to a police report. He did not have any body fat and was malnourished, and there was no food in his bowels or stomach, according to the report.

Webber admitted he force-fed the baby milk because he'd spit it out, according to the report.

According to the police report, the boy's parents told investigators the baby had been injured since July 2011, when he was born. They were putting ointment on his face from sores the baby received from bed bugs, though the parents wouldn't get him treatment, according to the report.

The boy's mother told police she was negligent in getting medical attention and said that when she asked her boyfriend, the boy's father, about the bruises, he would say the boy was OK, and she would not follow up further, according to the report. The report says the only medical attention sought was from the Internet and asking the boy's grandmother for advice.

Kimberly Webber, the boy's grandmother, said the parents performed CPR on the baby.


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