published Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Prosecutor asks jury for guilty verdict in child’s death

The prosecutor in a child death trial ended his case by asking the jury to be the 3-year-old victim's voice.

"You go back there and you speak for him, too, and you find this man guilty for beating and biting his son to death and you sleep well," said prosecutor Charlie Minor.

Reginald Tumlin, 32, faces charges of felony murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect in the May 1, 2010 death of his son Jaylen Ramsey.

Tumlin's attorney, Dan Ripper, objected multiple times during Minor's closing arguments when the prosecutor, at times, stood across the table a few feet from Tumlin and faced the defendant while pointing at him and questioning how he could have hurt his child and not sought medical treatment until it was too late.

An autopsy later showed more than 50 bruises on various parts of the toddler's face and body, numerous lacerations, a healing burn on the back of his left thigh and bleeding on the brain, lungs and kidneys.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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