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Soldier to stand trial for newborn beating
Daughter was 13 days old during alleged incident
BARSTOW• A Fort Irwin soldier will stand trial for the alleged June beating of his 13-day-old daughter after Judge Miriam Morton ruled during a preliminary hearing Thursday that there was probable cause he inflicted serious injuries to the newborn, including bleeding of the brain and 11 fractured ribs.
Corey Poole, 23, was charged with and arrested for willful cruelty to a child resulting in possible injury or death in October and pleaded not guilty.
During the preliminary hearing Thursday, Det. Julie Brumm with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children unit was called to the stand as the lone witness.
Brumm testified that Poole’s wife said she had left Poole and their daughter alone together for approximately six-and-a-half hours on the evening of June 9 while she entered Weed Army Community Hospital in Fort Irwin, then Barstow Community Hospital and Weed Army Community Hospital again, for treatment of an undisclosed illness.
She told Brumm that she saw Poole and their daughter upon her second trip to Weed Army Community Hospital, Brumm testified.
Poole had said he put his daughter to rest on a changing table next to a playpen and returned when he was alerted by her crying. He said he then saw her facedown in the playpen, alleging that she must have rolled over, according to Brumm’s testimony.
When Deputy District Attorney Shannon Faherty asked Brumm what the likelihood was that a 13-day-old rolled over on her own, Brumm responded, “They can’t.”
After reviewing the case, Dr. Amy Young, a forensic pediatrician at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, had concluded the injuries were non-accidental and consistent with child abuse, Brumm testified.
Poole’s defense attorney Creg Marmont noted that Poole and his wife had taken their daughter to the doctor approximately four times prior to the alleged incident, as the mother was concerned about abnormal swelling in the baby’s lower extremities. Doctors diagnosed the child with edema in the ankles four days prior to the alleged incident, Brumm said.
Marmont asked Brumm, since different ages of the fractures were identified, if there could be any other explanation but child abuse.
“At that child’s age, not able to walk or roll over or anything — no,” she responded.
The child’s list of injuries included: Small hematoma of the brain, five fractured right ribs, six fractured left ribs, multiple metaphyseal fractures and a torn frenulum of the mouth and scratch to the upper palette of the mouth.
Poole was taken into custody in lieu of $200,000 bail after the hearing. Aside from willful cruelty to a child, he is also charged with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury to a child under 5 and, if convicted, could face up to 12 years in prison, Faherty confirmed.
Poole is scheduled to next appear at Barstow Superior Court Jan. 28.
His daughter is currently with child protective services.
Outside the courtroom, Poole’s wife declined comment.