Trial Begins for Evansville Mom Accused of Neglect Causing Infant's Death

The jury trial for Chelsea Marksberry, an Evansville mom accused of neglect resulting in the death of her child, began on Monday in the Vanderburgh County Circuit Court.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 10:16 AM
Updated: Jun 7, 2021 9:59 PM

The trial for 33-year-old Chelsea Marksberry of Evansville, Indiana, began at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 7.

Marksberry was charged with Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death after her three-month-old son, Kieran Bengert, died on January 9, 2020, after being found unresponsive that morning at a home on East Illinois Street in Evansville.

Photo: A candlelight vigil held in remembrance of 3-month-old Kieren Bengert, who was found unresponsive in January 2020

Chelsea Marksberry, 33, of Evansville, Indiana

In the opening arguments of Monday's trial, the state says Marksberry admitted to being guilty of what she is charged with in a series of online messages.

The state says Marksberry was abusing drugs while caring for her child, and the state also says her 3-month old child was found with nicotine and methamphetamines in his system when the autopsy was performed.

The child's father, Jacob Bengert, was sentenced to 65 years in prison in November of 2020 in connection to the death.

That's after the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office ruled Kieran Bengert's death a homicide with multiple blunt force injuries occurring before his death.

Prosecutors said in the trial they believe Marksberry is guilty because she left the baby with a known drug user, thus putting the baby's life in danger.

Along with the prosecutors' opening arguments,  jurors were sworn in, and opening witnesses, including a toxicologist and forensic pathologist, were called to the stand to analyze evidence.

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