Jones man gets life in prison in infant daughter's death
Jason Scott Day, 27 convicted of first-degree murder in shaking death of 5-month old Natalie Emami; he must spend 38 years in prison before being eligible for parole.
Jason Scott Day, 27, was convicted Dec. 16 of first-degree murder in the shaking death of the 5-month-old girl.
Day, who did not speak during sentencing, will be eligible for parole in 38.3 years, prosecutors said. He was ordered to pay $1,800 to cover funeral expenses for the girl and counseling for her two siblings
“Obviously we're pleased the jury rendered the right verdict in the case and held him accountable for his violent behavior,” Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said.
Natalie Emami died at Integris Baptist Medical Center on Feb. 5, 2009, two days after suffering injuries from being shaken, police said. A doctor at the hospital told police the girl's injuries were the result of child abuse.
The girl was being cared for by her father when she was injured.
Prosecutors argued during the nearly two-week trial that the girl's fatal injuries were the result of a shaking-like action that caused the blood vessels in her skull to break and her brain to swell.
Geiger said the evidence established that Day used “violent, unreasonable force” to kill the girl, whose donated liver helped save the life of a baby in Texas.
Jim Hughes, Day's public defender, said the baby sustained a head injury from a fall two to three days before her death and was not a victim of “shaken baby syndrome.”