MEMPHIS, TN – Police say a father has been charged with First Degree Murder after his 3 month-old daughter died from head injuries.
According to investigators, officers were called to the Highland Creek Apartments in the 1300 block of Elmview, Monday, August 18, 2008, around 9:00 p.m., about a baby who was not breathing. When police arrived on the scene, they found 3 month-old Jalissa Fuller dead in an upstairs bedroom.
The baby’s mother told investigators that she went to work around 5:30 a.m. that morning, leaving her two children with their father, Julius Fuller. She says when she got home around 8:50 that night, she found the baby unconscious and called for an ambulance.
Detectives say Julius Fuller was at a friend’s home while investigators were at the apartment and refused to return as long as police were in the apartment. Fuller was arrested the next day.
The Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office says that the three month-old died from blunt force trauma to the head.
The Memphis Child Advocacy Center will be raising a memorial flag for Jalissa Fuller, Friday, August 22. Center officials say this will be the ninth flag to be raised for children who have died as a result of abuse in 2008.