Lakewood man found guilty of child abuse in death of his 3-month-old daughter

Posted at 9:25 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 23:25:11-05

GOLDEN, Colo. – A Lakewood man on Wednesday was found guilty of child abuse resulting in the death of his 3-month-old daughter, a spokeswoman for the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Kelly Ray Kerr, 39, was arrested at his home in December of 2017 following a months-long investigation into the death of his 3-month-old daughter, Olivia.

The infant was found unresponsive by police the morning of July 21, 2017, after police went to Kerr’s home at 10596 W. 26th Ave. on a report that a child at the home wasn’t breathing.

The infant was taken Lutheran Medical Center where staff there were able to get a pulse. She was then airlifted to Children’s Hospital but died later that night.

Doctors found that Olivia had suffered a major skull fracture, a second skull fracture, bilateral retinal hemorrhages, multiple rib fractures, and bruising on her face and jaw.

Testifying before a jury, the Coroner said the cause of death was blunt force trauma. One of the experts who also testified during the five-day trial said that her injuries were consistent with having been shaken, according to 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Pam Russell.

The jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Kerr guilty in the case.

Kerr will be sentenced on April 11 at 1 p.m. He could face between 16 to 48 years in prison.