Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Father convicted in infant son's death
Because it has involved opposing neuropathologists (including Dr. Mark Cohen, pictured during his testimony for the defense), Neuropathology Blog has been following the Colorado court case involving the death of 11-week-old Jason Midyette. Jason's 29-year-old father, Alex, was convicted last week of abusing his son. Dr. Cohen claimed that the multiple broken bones suffered by the infant were related to a condition known as methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency, an autosomal recessive disorder of folate metabolism. Despite defense testimony by both Cohen and forensic pathologist Dr. Jonathan Arden, the jury could not be convinced that Alex had nothing to do with his son's death. The neuropathologist hired by the prosecution was Dr. Robert Ross Reichard of the University of New Mexico. Legal experts say that it is unlikely that Alex will serve more than 16 years for his crime mainly because Alex's wife, Molly, is already serving 16 years in prison for knowing and reckless child abuse resulting in death. Sentencing for Alex Midyette will take place on April 20th.