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Jury convicts father of severe abuse

A Spokane father has been convicted of severely abusing his infant daughter.

Tyler L. Jamison, 20, has been in the Spokane County Jail since April 2010, when his 2-month-old daughter, SkyeLynn suffered what Spokane police initially feared would be fatal injuries but has since been adopted through a foster family.

A jury convicted Jamison of first-degree assault after a trial before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno. The girl has been adopted.

Jamison is to be sentenced Sept. 28. He remains in jail without bail.

Past coverage:

April 12, 2010: Injured baby improving at Spokane hospital

April 8, 2010: Police: Baby brain dead after assault by father

Trial begins in horrible child abuse case

A jury trial began this week for a young man accused of brutally assaulting his infant daughter.

Tyler L. Jamison, 20, has been in the Spokane County Jail since April 2010, when his 2-month-old daughter, SkyeLynn suffered what Spokane police  initially feared would be fatal injuries but has since been adopted through a foster family.

Jamison is charged with first-degree assault. Police say he described weeks of horrible abuse that was sparked by the baby's crying.

He cut off her breathing until she turned pale “a couple times a day until his fingernails started leaving scratches and cuts on SkyeLynn’s skin,” according to court documents. He didn’t want anyone to notice what he was doing, so “he started cupping his hand over SkyeLynn’s nose and mouth when she would cry.”

Jamison also reportedly told police that he sometimes squeezed SkyeLynn and may have broken ribs. Medics said the girl’s ribs appeared to have been broken at different times.

Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno is presiding over the trial, which began Monday. Sharon Hedlund is prosecuting. Jeff Compton is defending Jamison.

Past coverage:

April 12, 2010: Injured baby improving at Spokane hospital

April 8, 2010: Police: Baby brain dead after assault by father

Injured baby still improving at hospital

A 2-month-old baby who suffered what Spokane police initially feared would be fatal injuries continues to improve at a hosptial, family said.

SkyeLynn A. Jamison is to be released next week, a family member said Saturday on a Facebook page created for the girl.

SkyeLynn's father, 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison, pleaded not guilty today to a charge of first-degree assault. He was arrested last month.

Read a story on his arraignment here.

Past coverage:

April 12: Injured baby improving at Spokane hospital

April 8: Police: Baby brain dead after assault by father

Melissa: Skyelynn Never Had A Chance

Tyler Jamison is only 18. I imagine he may have thought his life was over when he heard his girlfriend was pregnant. It’s hard to have a baby and, extremely hard when that child is crying and you can’t figure out why. It was hard for me and I’m 31 years old. I have all the resources in the world at my disposal and I have a wonderfully supportive and helpful husband. Still, it’s hard when they cry and you can’t stop it. But, that does not excuse what Tyler Jamison admits to doing. Tyler told Spokane Police that for at least the last month, he would get Skylynn to stop crying by either pinching her windpipe closed with his fingers or cupping his hands over her nose and mouth. He wasn’t stopping her from crying, he was stopping her from breathing/Melissa Luck/Beyond the Headlines, KXLY. More here. And: Melissa’s story here

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Police: Baby brain dead after father’s assault

When medics first saw Skyelynn Jamison this week, the two-month-old girl had a serious head injury, broken ribs and bruises all over her body.

Her father, 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison, told a doctor on the phone earlier that he thought something was wrong, but police say he ignored orders to take the girl to a hospital immediately.

Now Skyelynn is on life support at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Jamison is in Spokane County Jail on a first-degree assault charge that police say will be amended to a murder charge if Skyelynn dies.

The girl is not expected to survive, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

Detectives arrested Jamison late Wednesday after his girlfriend’s family told 911 dispatchers he planned to leave town to escape arrest.

Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes called the police description of the case “difficult for anyone to read” before ruling Jamison a flight risk Thursday. His bail was set at $200,000.

Read the rest of my story here.

Skyelynn is the third Spokane baby in two years to suffer fatal injuries allegedly at the hands of a caretaker.

In March 2008, Nevaeh Alana Miller died after police say her mother’s boyfriend, Jereme J. Bassett, abused her. Bassett, 24, is scheduled for trial in June on one charge of second-degree murder.

In December 2008, Izayah Arlen Wayne Denison died at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, Andrew W. Whitmire. Whitmire, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November and is serving 14 years in prison.

In February, Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, was charged with assaulting his 2-month-old daughter, Tristan. He remains in jail.