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Evansville mother found guilty of neglect after infant son’s death

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:40 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:19 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - After a three-day trial, an Evansville woman has been found guilty of neglect after her infant son died last year.

Chelsea Marksberry is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Following the verdict, Marksberry admitted to the habitual offender sentencing enhancement.

“This young child deserved justice. It was our job to make sure that happened,” explained Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann. “It’s been an exhaustive investigative process to make sure justice was achieved today. Deputy Prosecutor Ian Blair, Deputy Prosecutor Emily Hall, Evansville Police Detective Rob Waller, and Detective Keith Whitler worked tirelessly to ensure this young child’s voice was never forgotten. Their efforts helped ensure justice in this case.”

It’s from an incident that happened in January 2020.

Police were called to an unresponsive three-month-old infant at a home on East Illinois Street.

Officers say that infant, Marksberry’s son, was dead by the time they got there.

An autopsy report showed the baby suffered multiple blunt force trauma.

The infant’s father, Jacob Bengert, was sentenced to 65-years in prison for the murder and neglect in November of 2020.

Marksberry will be sentenced in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court on July 9 at 10 a.m.

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