PRINCETON, KY -- A judge barred the admission of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigative report about the 2009 death of a baby in her father’s murder trial this summer.
According to The Times Leader, Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III ruled that the defense also cannot mention the CPSC crib recall in the trial of Jesse Allison. He is accused of killing 7-month-old Ariel Allison in September 2009, whose lifeless body was found in her crib.
Following a nine-month investigation, Jesse Allison was taken into custody, indicted by a grand jury and and charged with murder on June 1. His defense team claims the girl's fatal suffocation was an accident.
Last year, following nearly 10 million recalls and 32 crib-related infant deaths, the CPSC voted to prohibit the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs.
Judge Woodall ruled that the CPSC investigation into Ariel Allison's death could not be admitted into evidence because it would confuse and mislead the jury.
Posted by Rich Christianson
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