UPDATE: Teen Indicted for Murder of Girlfriend's Baby Pleads Not Guilty

By: Olivia Fecteau; Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE 5/24/13 @ Noon
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A teenager accused of killing his girlfriend's baby pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday.

18-year-old High School student Brett Thompson, of Stanton, Ky., was arraigned Friday in Boyd County Court.

Thompson has been indicted on a murder charge after his girlfriend's two-month-old daughter died earlier this month from a skull fracture.

Thompson will be back in court in August for a pre-trial conference.

Bond has been set at $100,000 for Thompson.

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UPDATE 5/14/13 @ 10 a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A grand jury has indicted a teen in the murder of his girlfriend’s infant daughter.

The Boyd County Grand Jury charged Brett Thompson, 18, of Stanton, Ky., with one count of murder in the death of two-and-a-half-month-old Alivia Worstell earlier this month.

Kentucky State Police say the infant died after being hit in the head by Thompson, who is not the baby's biological father. Investigators say Thompson told them he hit the baby to get her to stop crying.

Kentucky State Police say Boyd County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on Caroline Drive in Westwood on May 4 about an unresponsive baby. The infant was then taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center where she died.

Troopers say the autopsy determined the infant had multiple head and brain injuries, which resulted in her death.

Before hearing the autopsy results, Alivia’s mother, 19-year-old Heather Worstell, said she figured the baby had died from sickness because the little girl had been sick all week.

Thompson will be arraigned on the charge May 24.

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UPDATE 5/6/13 @ 6:35 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Photos and videos show Alivia Noel Worstell as a happy baby, smiling and laughing. That's making her death even tougher for her mother, grandmother and family members to handle.

State Police say the baby, who was 2-and-a-half months old, was beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend, Brett Thompson, 18, of Stanton, Ky. According to a criminal complaint, Thompson, who is not the baby's biological father, told investigators he hit the baby to get her to stop crying.

Heather Worstell, 19, is stunned that her little girl is gone -- and just as stunned that her boyfriend would do this. She said they have been dating for a few months.

"He was there for her, and he was a sweetheart to her," Worstell said. "He treated me like gold. We never suspected anything like this was going to happen."

"He had us both fooled," Angela Porter, Worstell's mother, said.

Police say this all happened around 4 a.m. Saturday. Worstell found her baby unresponsive about 10 a.m. and called 911. The baby was taken to King's Daughters Medical Center and pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed blunt force trauma to the head. Boyd County Deputy Coroner Ralph Beadle said Alivia died of a skull fracture.

At first, before hearing the autopsy results Sunday, Worstell said she figured the baby had died from sickness, since she had been sick all week.

"The day after she died, I was coping, I wasn't OK, but I just thought that she died of sickness, that it was natural," Worstell said.

But when the autopsy showed otherwise, Worstell was shocked.

"They told me that she had been murdered, and of course I'm stunned, not knowing how she was murdered," Worstell said.

Worstell scrolled through photos of Alivia on her smartphone, showing a baby with big blue eyes.

"God, that'd steal anybody's heart," Porter said of her granddaughter's eyes.

Worstell and Porter said baby Alivia had a special, close bond with the man now charged with killing her.

"You could tell she missed him" when he left after weekend visits, Porter said. "That's what I don't understand. She had such a good bond with him in such a short time."

One of the most difficult parts, Worstell said, is knowing she'll never get to see Alivia grow up.

"I'm not going to see her first words or her first steps or her first heartbreak or never going to see her graduate or anything like that," Worstell said.

Thompson was arraigned on murder charges Monday, and Porter said if he is ultimately convicted, she wants him to pay.

"If he gets life in prison, he should have to write Heather and Alivia a letter every day, apologizing for such a monster so every day of his life he'll remember what he's done," Porter said.

Thompson will return to court May 15 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence in the case to send it to a grand jury.

May 15 is also the day baby Alivia would have been three months old.

Thompson is being held at the Boyd County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. Detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.



UPDATE 5/6/13 @ 10 a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The teen charged with the death of his girlfriend’s infant daughter has been arraigned on the murder charge filed against him.

Brett Thompson, 18, of Stanton, Ky., appeared in Boyd County District Monday morning.

Thompson was arrested and charged with the two-month-old’s murder Sunday evening.

During the brief hearing Monday morning, Thompson's bond was set at $100,000 cash.

Kentucky State Police say Boyd County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on Caroline Drive in Westwood Saturday morning about an unresponsive baby. The infant was then taken to King’s Daughter’s Hospital where she died.

Troopers say the autopsy determined the infant had multiple head and brain injuries which resulted in her death.

KSP says during their investigation they determined Thompson had struck the baby in the head.

Thompson remains in the Boyd County Detention Center. A preliminary hearing is set for later this month.

Troopers have not released the infant’s name.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/5/13 @10:50 p.m
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Troopers say a two-month-old was found beaten to death.

Kentucky State Police say that Boyd County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on Caroline Drive in Westwood Saturday morning regarding an unresponsive baby.

Investigators say the baby mother's boyfriend, Brett Thompson, hit the child in the head so hard it killed her, according to a press release.

Thompson was arrested and charged with murder and is now in the Boyd County Detention Center.

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