Father pleads not guilty in death of infant son

Father pleads not guilty in death of infant son

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville father accused of murdering his three-month-old son was arraigned Monday.

Jacob Bengert pleaded not guilty. The judge ordered there be no bond.

Bengert was arrested last week after his baby was found dead a home on E. Illinois Street.

[ Father wanted for murder found, in custody; Baby died from massive blunt force trauma, coroner says ]

The coroner says he died of massive blunt force trauma.

14 News’ Jessica Costello was in the courtroom where Bengert made a video appearance. She says he showed no emotion during the hearing.

According to Prosecutor Nick Hermann, their records show this is his first felony. He does have priors including misdemeanors like driving under the influence and criminal mischief.

We’re learning those could be considered in this case.

“Anytime you have prior criminal history that’s a factor,” said Nick Hermann. “But we’ve got to get a sentencing first. He’s going to be appointed an attorney or be given the opportunity to hire one, and then we’ll move into the discovery process and get them all the information we have and that the police department has in regard to this case, and we’ll move along towards a trial date or resolution.”

Bengert’s next court date is set for Monday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m.

A vigil is set outside the home in the 300 block of E. Illinois Street Monday night at 6:30 p.m.

Police called the case “probably the worst infant death they’ve ever seen.”

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