published Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Murray County father charged with killing infant daughter

A Murray County Grand Jury indicted a man on murder charges earlier this week in the death of his infant daughter in 2010.

Isaac Whaley has been charged with murder and cruelty to children 2nd degree, according to the Murray County Clerk of Court.

Whaley brought his 4-month-old daughter, Jaidyn, to the hospital on Nov. 17, 2010 with a head injury, authorities said. She died two days later at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.

Months later, Jaidyn’s death was ruled a homicide following an autopsy. But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been investigating her case since she died, said Special Agent Greg Ramey earlier in January.

Conasauga Circuit District Attorney Kermit McManus brought the case before a grand jury on Monday but their decisions were sealed until today.

See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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