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Man charged with murder a year after toddler's death

By: Janet KIm Email
By: Janet KIm Email

After investigating for more than a year, police have charged a man for the murder of a two-year old boy.

Brian Gallagher is charged with criminal abuse and murder. He was here at the Rowan County Detention Center, but was bonded out earlier Tuesday afternoon with a $25,000 cash bond.

In March of 2009, when two-year old Nathaniel Jones died after he was found unresponsive in his Rowan County home, but neighbors say they knew something wasn't right.

"I knew when it happened, something had happened to that baby, because kids don't just up and die like that," says Mary Robinson, who lived nearby the family during the time of the incident.

Police knew, too, as they continued to investigate the death for more than a year.

"We wanted to make sure we dotted our i's and crossed our t's as we want to do with any case, especially the death of someone," says Kentucky State Police Detective Toby Gardner.

Further testing and consulting experts conclude the child died of internal injuries from the result of blunt force trauma to the stomach.

Police arrested Gallagher, who lived with Tiea Jones, the toddler's mother at the time. He was indicted Friday.

Since his release, we did talk to Gallagher, who says he didn't want to further comment on the investigation.


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