Man Charged In Death Of Two-Month-Old Son
On Thursday, 38-year-old Emery James Jenkins of Inger, Minnesota was charged with two counts of Murder in the First Degree and one count of Murder in the Second Degree. The charges are based on an investigation conducted by the Itasca County Sheriff s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension into the death of Jenkins’ two-month-old son, which occurred on October 17, 2014.
At the hearing, Jenkins pled guilty to an amended charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree – Malicious Punishment of a Child. According to a release from the Itasca County Attorney’s office during his guilty plea, Jenkins stated that he was innocent but agreed that the evidence against him would be sufficient for him to be found guilty of the charge if there was a trial.
On the recommendation of the prosecutor, the court ordered that Jenkins be held in the Itasca County Jail pending further hearing. Jenkins’ sentencing hearing is set for August 17,2016 at 2:00 p.m.