The Trial for Nathan Daniel Tijerina began this week and it ended with a mistrial with a hung jury.
A jury of 8 men and 4 women deliberated for over 2 hours before informing District Judge Pat Phelan that they could not reach a verdict, Judge Phelan instructed them to deliberate on guilt again. They returned in 20 minutes and said that 8 jurors found Tijerina guilty and 4 not guilty, Judge Pat Phelan then declared a mistrial.
Tijerina, 26 of Levelland was charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. According to court documents, he allegedly deliberately injured his young daughter 2 years ago. Dr. Charles Hughes testified that the infant was not breathing and had no pulse when her mother, Amy McLean, brought her to the hospital. The Dr. further testified that there was no pulse and you could not hear her heart beating. Medical Personnel immediately began life saving measures and the heart began beating within 20 minutes. The infant was then transferred to Covenant Childrens Hospital in Lubbock. A nurse testified that the child’s condition was bad upon arrival and they prepared for surgery. She further testified that she had spoke to the defendent in the childs hospital room 3 days later, she stated that he would not look at the child and only looked at his feet and would not speak to her. The child’s condition improved and she was released from the hospital almost a month after admittance. A pediatric neurosurgeon testified that the girl suffered trauma to her brain and a subdural hemorrhage. She also testified that significant force would have been required for the injury to occur.
Tijerina’s attorney said in closing arguments that the State of Texas did a poor job of investigation.
The child is now in custody of foster care.