2000-11-04 / Front Page

Baby Leggard Case In Court This Week

By Joan Ward George

Baby Leggard Case
In Court This Week

Seven week old Chyann Hulse died last October 5, 1999 when she was allegedly violently shook by her father Matthew Leggard in the family’s Seagirt avenue apartment.

The "Baby Leggard" case is in court this week where prosecutors are calling for a guilty verdict of manslaughter charges that Matthew Leggard shook his infant daughter resulting in her death by shaken body syndrome.

Leggard, 24, was reportedly home alone with his newborn daughter when the incident occurred. The child’s mother, Meredith Hulse, 21, was at beautician’s job at the time of the occurrence.

Hulse testified last week that Leggard had phoned her at her job at approximately 3:30 p.m. that day and said the baby had stopped breathing. Both parents told police they called 911. Paramedics arriving at the scene, found the baby with no pulse or heartbeat, but revived her and transported her to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. She remained there in critical condition and was soon after transferred to North Shore University Hospital Center in Long Island where she died four days later.

During the trial this week experts testified that it was there medical opinion that the child died of shaken baby syndrome.

A spokesperson from the Queens District Attorney’s office said they expected that the case would be wrapped up early next week.

If convicted on the second degree manslaughter charge Leggard will face up to 15 years imprisonment.

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