published Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Murder case dismissed against Ringgold man accused of killing baby

A murder case against a Ringgold, Ga., man accused of killing a baby 19 years ago was dismissed earlier today.

Prosecutors said the evidence is unreliable.

In 2007, Dale Higgenbottom was charged with murder for the death of an infant who died of head injuries in December 1992. Higgenbottom was 15 at the time of Christopher Breazeale’s death and had spent the night at the baby’s house.

At the time, Christopher’s death was ruled an accident, but 15 years later, prosecutors said they had enough evidence to charge Higgenbottom.

But prosecutors have changed their minds.

“There is insufficient evidence to establish the identity of Christopher Breazeale’s killer beyond a reasonable doubt,” Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Alan Norton wrote in a petition filed today in Catoosa County Superior Court.

Superior Court Judge Brian House dismissed the case.

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

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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