Father found guilty of 1-year-old daughter’s murder
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2016)– The father of a 1-year-old Greenfield girl who died in May 2015 was found guilty of her murder Thursday.
A jury found Matthew Wagoner guilty on charges of murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death. His sentencing hearing is set for February 24.
The trial for the child’s mother, Jessica Wagoner, will begin on Feb. 22. She faces the same charges as Matthew.
The parents originally said the baby fell off a bed, but officials found baby Zoey died from blunt force trauma. Documents show the baby had a broken arm and a lacerated liver. A pathologist said that means the baby could’ve been stomped on.
An investigator wrote in court documents that Zoey “lived in hell for a year,” because of all the injuries she suffered. Those documents say first responders found the baby foaming at the mouth with bruises all over her body.
In their initial June 2015 court appearances, they tried to pin the murder of each other.
Matthew said he saw Jessica smack and punch the baby. Jessica said Matthew is to blame, and brought up child exploitation charges against him in Henry County.