Trial begins for dad accused of killing 3 year-old son

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The state continues presentation of its murder case against a Chattanooga man in the death of his 3-year-old son.

Reginald Tumlin is being tried on charges of felony murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported trial began Tuesday with prosecutors showing jurors images of the injuries to Jaylen Ramsey's body. There were cuts, bruises and a burn mark.

Court records show Tumlin's girlfriend drove the boy to a hospital on May 1, 2010, saying the child was gasping for air and had stomach pain.

A coroner later determined Jaylen likely died of a perforated bowel caused by blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Defense attorney Dan Ripper told jurors the state lacked proof that his client harmed the boy.


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