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Evansville Mom & Dad Accused in Child's Death Set to Go on Trial

A trial date is set for an Evansville mother accused of neglecting her infant son who died earlier this year. In January, Chelsea Marksberry was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Marksberry's three month old son, Kieran Bengert died January 9th after being found unresponsive that morning.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 10:44 AM
Updated: Oct 27, 2020 10:46 AM

A trial date is set for an Evansville mother accused of neglecting her infant son who died earlier this year. In January, Chelsea Marksberry was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Marksberry's three month old son, Kieran Bengert died January 9th after being found unresponsive that morning. Marksberry told dispatchers her child was not breathing. The Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office ruled baby Kieran's death a homicide adding the boy suffered from multiple blunt force trauma prior to his death. Marksberry is set to stand trial January 19th, 2021.

The baby's father is scheduled to be tried on murder and neglect charges beginning Wednesday, October 26th. Jacob Bengert is charged with murder and he now faces a neglect charge resulting in death. Evansville Police say Bengert fled his home after Marksberry made the 911 call. Bengert was arrested the following afternoon after being on the run for more than 24-hours. Bengert was taken into custody after trying to flag down a driver in the area. The driver recognized Bengert and immediately called 911.

In September, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office presented its case against Bengert but the jurors remained deadlocked. Ultimately the murder trial ended in a mistrial. Bengert's new trial is set to begin Wednesday at 8 a.m.

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