Lincoln County jury finds father not guilty in newborn’s 2016 death

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 12:23 PM CDT
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MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) -- A jury deliberated nearly 7 hours on Wednesday before finding a 26-year-old man not guilty in his newborn son’s death.

The jury found Henry Hughes not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide following the death of his newborn son.

According to an online obituary, River Hughes died Sept. 18. He was 23 days old. Court documents state an investigation began when the child was 9-days-old. Hughes told investigators River began coughing and then turned blue and that’s when he performed CPR and the child was taken to the hospital. Doctors stated the newborn had injuries to his ribs, ankle and a brain bleed.

Doctors said his injuries were consistent with “severe high-velocity injury” and the newborn was in severe condition and was in a coma. Hughes denied shaking the baby and said the injuries likely occurred during CPR.