Jury reaches verdict in Warrick Co. baby death trial

Jury reaches verdict in Warrick Co. baby death trial

WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Thaddious Rice was found guilty of reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent in the 2017 death of 10-month-old Jaxson Wheeler.

Rice's father, Brian, says this past week and a half of the trial has been a rollercoaster ride. He's relieved it's over, but now with a verdict he's turning to his religion.

"I just want to say that I'm very sorry for the other side," said Brian Rice.

Thaddious Rice's father in tears hours after his son was found guilty of reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent in the 2017 death of 10-month-old Jaxson Wheeler.

"In my son's heart, it will never be settled. He's going to live an eternity with that incident in his life and that's pain within itself," said Brian Rice.

Jaxson Wheeler (Source: Go Fund Me)
Jaxson Wheeler (Source: Go Fund Me)

Jaxon Wheeler’s family says justice has been served. And they’re grateful to the jury and Warrick County Prosecutor Mike Perry. Perry tells me they hoped Rice would be found guilty on bigger charges.

Despite the verdict, Rice’s dad says he still believes this was an accident.

"When the jurors said not guilty of murder, that puts ease at things for us. And you know still on the other said, it's hurtful and very understandable," said Brian Rice.

For Brian Rice, he says it's his faith in God that's keeping him strong during right now.

"You know I want him to come home, and serve his time, and come home so he can be with is family," said Brian Rice.

As we've been reporting, the defense told us this trial could last up to two weeks, but it ended a little more than a week in.

As it stands, Rice could no face up to 40 years. Rice’s sentencing is set for April 3.

Thaddious Rice was charged with murder and neglect in the death of 10 month old Jaxson Wheeler in 2017.
Thaddious Rice was charged with murder and neglect in the death of 10 month old Jaxson Wheeler in 2017. (Source: WFIE)

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