Powell County man indicted on murder charges

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A grand jury has indicted a teen in the murder of his girlfriend's infant daughter.

The Boyd County Grand Jury charged Brett Thompson, 18, of Stanton, Ky., with one count of murder in the death of two-and-a-half-month-old Alivia Worstell earlier this month.

Kentucky State Police say the infant died after being hit in the head by Thompson, who is not the baby's biological father. Investigators say Thompson told them he hit the baby to get her to stop crying.

Kentucky State Police say Boyd County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on Caroline Drive in Westwood on May 4 about an unresponsive baby. The infant was then taken to King's Daughters Medical Center where she died.

Troopers say the autopsy determined the infant had multiple head and brain injuries, which resulted in her death.

Before hearing the autopsy results, Alivia's mother, 19-year-old Heather Worstell, said she figured the baby had died from sickness because the little girl had been sick all week.

Thompson will be arraigned on the charge May 24.

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