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 Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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