Former Derby resident, Jason R. Roberts, told police that the injuries suffered by his infant daughter 21 years ago were caused by another man kicking the child in the head with a steel-toed boot. But police say medical records tell a different story. Roberts, 44, of Athens, Tenn., pleaded not guilty in Orleans Superior Court on Monday to felony second-degree murder in connection with the death of Madison Rose Simoneau, 15, who died on July 12, 2016, after being admitted to the Emergency Room at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. Police say medical reports indicate that Simoneau died from permanent injuries she suffered from “shaken baby syndrome” caused by Roberts when Simoneau was just six-weeks-old in 2001. Simoneau was born as “Destiny Roberts” to Jason Roberts and her biological mother Tammy J. Hildreth, now 43, on Dec. 25, 2000. “Physicians also indicated that there was no external injury to Destiny’s skull to explain the cause of the pressure and swelling. Doctors would later indicate that this had all the appearances of ‘shaken baby syndrome.’” Police said Roberts initially told them during the 2001 investigation that he did not know what caused his daughter’s injuries, but later admitted to shaking her.
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