PRESS RELEASE, 9/28/2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the indictment of James Lyons for the murder of his 19 month old son

ather faces death penalty in murder of his infant son.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Avondale resident James Lyons (dob 8/25/82) in the death of his 19-month-old son, Jaden Jenkins (DOB 2/11/08).

Lyons is charged with 2 counts of Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 3 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), and 3 counts of Endangering Children (Felony 2).

Lyons is charged with 2 counts of Child Endangering and 2 counts of Felonious Assault for injuries Jaden sustained sometime between June 2008 to date of death (Counts 6- 9 of the indictment). The Hamilton County Coroner found evidence during the autopsy of healed injuries which gave rise to these charges.

On September 12, 2009 Jaden died as a result of severe trauma to the head. Counts 1-5 charge Lyons with:

� Count 1: Aggravated Murder for the purposeful killing of a child under 13;

� Count 2: Murder as the proximate result of committing the offense of Felonious Assault;

� Count 3: Felonious Assault;

� Count 4: Murder as a the proximate result of committing Child Endangering and

� Count 5: Endangering Children.

If convicted of all charges, he faces the death penalty.

On September 12 Lyons took Jaden to Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office ruled the death a homicide as a result of severe trauma to the head. The autopsy also revealed healed injuries as well as severe bruising over his entire body.

Deters commented, "The suffering that this baby endured is beyond imagination. Every rib, except six, had been fractured. His skull was fractured by at least seven separate blows to the head. Anyone who beats a child this severely for so long could expect nothing less than that the child would die."

In 1994 defendant James Doan was convicted of the aggravated murder of Star Hollingsworth, a child under the age of 13. At that time, the murder of a child under 13 was not death penalty eligible. Prosecutor Deters successfully lobbied to change the law after that case so that the murder of a child under the age of 13 would be death penalty eligible.