UPDATE: Jonathan Queen Found Not Guilty of Child Abuse Resulting in Death

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Update

An Upshur County jury reached a verdict Friday in the Jonathan Queen trial.

The jury found Queen, 24, not guilty after he was charged with child abuse resulting in death of a 21-month-old child back in 2010.

The jury spent five days hearing the case, and spent two hours deliberating on Thursday and only 45 minutes Friday before returning a verdict.

Queen and his attorneys said they're pleased with the outcome.

"I'm pleased with the verdict the jury made. I'm happy God has helped me through this. I'm pleased with my two councils, Mr. Hawkins, and Mr. Hinkle they represented me well in this case and I'm glad the truth came out in this matter," Queen said.

"I know it was hard. I know anytime there's a death involving of a child it raises great emotion, but I think they were able to sift through evidence and see in this particular case that Mr. Queen was charged with a crime that didn't occur," said James Hawkins, Queen's attorney.


Original Story

An Upshur County grand jury deliberated the case of an Upshur County man charged with felony child abuse resulting in death Thursday.

The jury got the case just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The case stems from an incident that took place inside a home back in August 2010.

Prosecutors said Jonathan Queen, 24, inflicted substantial physical pain on a 21-month-old child.

The child died several days later at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Prosecutors argued the child suffered injuries caused by a physical assault.

Defense attorneys argued there's no substantial evidence that showed injuries found on the child.

As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, the jury had not returned its verdict. Deliberations will continue Friday.


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