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Jury Selection Begins Tuesday: Hemet Man Accused of Fatally Beating Daughter

The little girl died in August 2010 at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Loma Linda University Medical Center, October 2012. Redlands-Loma Linda Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
Loma Linda University Medical Center, October 2012. Redlands-Loma Linda Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the trial of a Hemet man accused of fatally beating his 3-month-old daughter three years ago, according to court and inmate records.

Jason Harley Moore, 34, could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of assault on a child resulting in death. He is accused of inflicting major head trauma to his daughter, Charlotte, in July 2010.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer is expected to rule on any remaining pretrial motions in the case at the Southwest Justice Center the morning of Oct. 14, followed by jury selection in the afternoon. Opening statements could begin before week's end.

Moore remained locked up Monday and his bail was $1 million bail, according to inmate records.

During a 2011 preliminary hearing, prosecutors contended that on the afternoon of July 27, 2010, Moore called 911 saying his daughter had stopped breathing. The defendant performed CPR on the girl until paramedics arrived and were able to revive her.

Charlotte was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where doctors immediately realized she needed acute treatment and had her airlifted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she clung to life until Aug. 5, 2010.

Dr. Mark Massi, the surgeon who treated the child, testified she had a linear skull fracture that caused internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Deputy District Attorney Jess Walsh said Moore described two scenarios of what happened to Charlotte.

In one interview, the defendant said that while he was showering, the baby rolled off a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom of his and his wife's duplex. Moore told authorities he had left the 3-month-old "on the middle of the bed, surrounded by pillows," Walsh said.

Under questioning a second time, he said he left Charlotte lying on the
corner of the bed while he was showering.

"He said he heard a scream and found her on the floor," Walsh said.

The baby's mother, Charlotte Moore, was working when the injury occurred. Walsh said it was customary for the defendant to watch his baby daughter and his wife's two small children from a previous marriage while she was at work.

Moore has no felony convictions in Riverside County, according to court records.

Reported by City News Service
Southwestmom October 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM
If Loma Linda's team had anything to do with investigating this, that will give you an explanation for the change in his story. They are infamous for changing statements to fit what they want them to be. I don't know anything about this man on trial, I have a lot of information on how LL pretends to investigate child abuse cases, rather accuses good families of abuse when no abuse has occurred. I hope the real investigators, law enforcement, have done their job and not relied solely on LL in this case.
D.j. Didion January 14, 2014 at 08:14 PM
I was a potential juror in this case and just got excused, now that I read the story (because I can) I am totally relieved to not be on this jury. When my son was an infant in 2008, him and I were sleeping and I awoke to him screaming on the floor he rolled off the bed. Thankfully all he got was a bruise on his arm, though I could totally see an infant fracturing his/her skull due to the fall, depends on the floor and what kind of bed frame you have but it could happen.

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