HOUSTON — The trial of a father accused of hitting his baby daugher so hard he lacerated her liver got underway in Houston Tuesday.
Iniubong Ebong is charged with capital murder in the death of 5-month-old Indya Ebong.
Investigators say Iniubong Ebong, who was 31 at the time, was babysitting the infant while her mother worked a double shift on Black Friday in 2010. He called the mother to say the girl needed to go to the hospital because something was wrong.
When the mother arrived, she found her daughter unresponsive and the father sound asleep. The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital. Authorities believe she had actually been dead a couple of hours before the mom arrived home.
An autopsy later determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the abdomen. Her liver had been lacerated.
CPS said the family had no history of trouble at the home. They said Iniubong Ebong didn’t live with his daughter, but babysat for her sometimes.
Authorities said he first claimed he dropped the child, then later admitted he struck her because she wouldn’t stop crying.
Jury selection got under way Tuesday.