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Man Still Waiting For Trial Ten Years After Toddler’s Death

Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 21:42:37-04

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)- Ten years after a Rowan County toddler died under suspicious circumstances, a man charged in the child’s murder is waiting to go to trial.

March 30 marked ten years since 2-year-old Nathaniel Jones died from what doctors identified as blunt force trauma. Since the beginning, Brian Gallagher has said that a calf kicked the child causing the injuries that ultimately resulted in his death.

Ten years later, Gallagher is still waiting to clear his name. Both Gallagher and the child’s mother were charged with murder and criminal abuse. Jones has already pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of criminal abuse.

Gallagher says that is not an option for him.

“I’d go to prison for something I didn’t do I would take a plea on this no. You can’t make somebody plea that didn’t do nothing wrong,” Gallagher told LEX 18.

The case is delayed again while a special prosecutor gets up to speed on the details. Gallagher says three hospitals overlooked an infection in the child, who died after the initial trauma.

Investigators, however, say that two doctors found there was evidence of child abuse.

“Lost a lot of years, a lot of people look at me differently. But they don’t know the truth,” says Gallagher.