A hung jury in the trial against 24-year-old Alexander Romero, who is charged with Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Death, results in a mistrial Tuesday afternoon in Kimball County District Court.
The jury deliberated for more than ten hours Monday and Tuesday, but shortly before 3 p.m., District Judge Derek Weimer declared a mistrial because the jury was unable to come to a unanimous consensus on whether Romero was guilty or not guilty.
The case is now set for a re-trial this spring, and the court is working to find a date that works for the expert witnesses who testified during the first trial.
Court records say last March, the unresponsive infant was brought to Kimball Health Services and died several days later. Romero initially told authorities the child fell off a futon, and later changed his story saying that the infant was injured when he tripped and fell while holding her.
Romero could face 20 years to life in prison if convicted of the Class 1B Felony Charge.