Mother and Boyfriend Charged with Infant’s Murder

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Joshua Temple Bagwell (L) and Meagan Marie Forsythe (R)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – A woman and her boyfriend are both charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse against a 4-month-old infant after the infant died as a result of its injuries.

On December 8, 2012, Lawrence County Sheriffs responded to a home after a 911 call was received about an infant who was not breathing and not responsive.  The infant was found by his mother’s boyfriend, Joshua Temple Bagwell, who went to a relative’s house next door to the residence for help.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said that the infant had mysterious bruising and never regained consciousness.  The infant was flown to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where tests revealed that the infant had severe brain damage.

The infant remained in critical condition until it was decided December 12, 2012 to remove the child from life support, according to authorities.  The infant died as a result of its injuries shortly after.  Doctors at Vanderbilt confirmed to police that the injuries had occurred in the days prior to the infant being taken to the hospital.

The autopsy revealed that the child suffered from blunt force trauma and the death was ruled a homicide, according to Lawrence County officials.

The case was turned over to the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, who presented it to a grand jury.  The grand jury handed down an indictment for first degree murder and aggravated child abuse against the infant’s mother, Meagan Marie Forsythe, and her boyfriend, Joshua Bagwell.  Both are currently being held at the Lawrence County Detention Center with a $50,000 bond each.

The investigation is ongoing in this case.

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