Jury selection begins in trial of Indio man accused of killing infant

Indio man allegedly struck his 23-day-old son to stop him from crying

POSTED: 07:12 AM PST Mar 07, 2013 
INDIO, Calif. -

An Indio man who allegedly struck his 23-day-old son to  stop him from crying goes on trial Thursday on charges of second-degree murder and assaulting a child.

      The trial of Joseph Roy Scott, 24, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., when  Jury selection gets under way.

      Police found an infant with "severe" head trauma when they responded  to a report of child abuse at Scott's residence on June 11, 2008, according to  Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron.

      Scott allegedly used the heel of his hand to quiet his crying infant son, Alexander. Investigators believe the baby's head hit a countertop, causing brain damage and seizures that contributed to his death a year later, according to Deputy District Attorney Kristi Hester.

      Alexander survived the blow, but over the next few months, medication he  was taking to prevent seizures caused his liver to fail. He contracted  pneumonia in the hospital and died on July 4, 2009. Had he survived, Hester  said, Alexander would have been developmentally disabled for the rest of his  life.

      Scott is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the county jail in Indio.