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Charges Updated to Murder in Crescent Springs Baby Death

Updated: Wednesday, November 20 2013, 10:48 PM EST
CRESCENT SPRINGS, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Robert Brandon Schierer walked into court Wednesday afternoon, free on bond on an assault charge. 

He left the courtroom in handcuffs facing a murder charge and a new $500,000 cash bond. 

Schierer is charged with killing 2 1/2 month old William Elijah Forsythe.  Schierer was in Kenton District court for a preliminary hearing  Wednesday afternoon. 

Erlanger detective Amy Schworer laid out the case against him to District Judge Ken Easterling.  Schworer said Schierer called 9-1-1 on the morning of November 12th and told the dispatcher that he was with an infant who had just died. 

EMTs determined the baby was still alive and he was taken to Cincinnati Children's Medical Center and placed on life support.  Doctors at Children's briefed Detective Schworer. 

The injuries sustained were described as extremely abusive, non-accidental, blunt force, shaking trauma resulting in a severe skull fracture, she testified under oath. 

The baby died at the hospital Tuesday morning.

Detective Schworer testified that Schierer offered no explanation for the baby's injuries.  He was left to watch the child after the baby's mother went to work about 7 that morning.  Schierer was the only adult in the home when emergency crews arrived.

He made statements that it was his fault, Schworer said in court. He also asked questions-if he'd suffocated the child or broken the child's neck.

Judge Easterling determined there was probable cause and sent the case the Kenton County Grand Jury. He also raised Schierers bond.

Schierer's family sobbed in the back of the courtroom as he was handcuffed and sent to jail. The baby's mother covered her face and was escorted out by friends. 

In court, Detective Schworer said Schierer possibly was the baby's father.

Outside the courtroom, Zackary Timmerman of Florence said he was the boy's father and was with him when he died.  Timmerman was upset with the court hearing and how, in his words, "Schierer showed no remorse."

"I hope he finds God," Timmerman told reporters in the courthouse lobby.  "I hope he finds religion because if he doesnt he will suffer.  And thats the best thing he could do.  I hope he feels bad for what he's done.  He needs that."

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