Jury selection is underway in the trial of Edward Berdan, an Evans man accused of child abuse in the January 2016 death of his 3-month-old baby girl.
Prospective jury members were filling out questionnaires Monday morning. The selection process is expected to go into Tuesday morning, with opening statements possibly taking place later in the afternoon.
Berdan, 33, is charged with one count of child abuse knowingly or recklessly causing death, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 24 years in prison. Berdan was arrested Jan. 29, 2016, two days after his daughter, Alexis, was taken off life support.
Berdan and his wife, Alisiana, had taken Alexis to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland on Jan. 20, 2016, after the 3-month-old began exhibiting seizure-like symptoms. Medical personnel would later inform Evans police the young girl was suffering from several broken ribs and two brain bleeds. One of the two bleeds was older and in the process of healing, according to court records.
During the investigation, police learned Alisiana typically left their home at 2550 Crescent Cove at 6:30 a.m. to go to work at Sam’s Club in Evans. Berdan was in charge of caring for Alexis and their 2-year-old son, Kaden, until she returned home in the early afternoon, at which point he would leave for his job.
In the weeks leading up to her death, Alexis had become increasingly fussy and was having difficulty eating and sleeping. The couple thought she had acid reflux, and Berdan explained his daughter possibly received her injuries during several incidents while in his care.
On one of those occasions, Berdan told police Alexis fell off a boppy pillow and onto the floor while he was heating up a bottle. On another occasion, Berdan said he slipped on a plastic Hot Wheels car and, in the process […]
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