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Trial date set for E'town man accused in infant daughter's death

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By Sarah Bennett

Barry W. Williams Jr., 21, faces one charge of murder. He was arrested Feb. 26 after his daughter, Aleyah Noelle Williams, died at Kosair Children’s Hospital from injuries doctors said were consistent with “shaken baby syndrome.”

During a pre-trial conference Tuesday, Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard scheduled Feb. 3 for a jury trial. Another pre-trial conference is set for Nov. 26.

Rows of the courtroom gallery were filled with Williams’ friends and family as well as those of Aleyah’s mother, some of whom wore badges bearing an image of the baby’s smiling face.

According to police, EPD began investigating after receiving a phone call from Kosair, which reported it was treating an infant suffering from bleeding in the brain. The investigation determined Williams was caring for Aleyah when she allegedly received the head injury, police said.

According to a citation, Williams told police he was giving his daughter a bath when he dropped her. He then stated he shook her to stop her crying and put the child to bed, police said.

The following morning the child’s mother stopped by Williams’ residence to visit her daughter and noticed something was wrong, according to police.

Williams remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.