Sheriff: Grizzell admits to dropping baby boy

Published 8:33am Monday, September 16, 2013

A Prattville man who is facing a murder charge in the death of a 13-month-old confessed he intentionally dropped the child, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.
Joey Alan Grizzell, 27, was in his girlfriend’s home on Shelton Place in Deatsville Feb. 6 when he was asked to watch her 13-month-old son.
Grizzell later went to the home of the baby’s grandparents and said he “accidently dropped the baby on the kitchen floor.” The baby was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham where he later died from the injuries.
Grizzell was arrested last week after a forensic pathologist ruled the child’s death as being a homicide.
“After being confronted with the findings from the pathologist, he later divulged his involvement in the death of the child,” Franklin told The Herald on Thursday. “He not only shook the baby, he dropped it on more than one occasion.”
Franklin said investigators have Grizzell’s taped confession and has turned it over to the district attorney’s office.
Franklin said the pathologist report indicated the baby had head trauma as well as signs it had been forcibly shaken.
Grizzell was arrested at his home in Prattville last week and was charged and booked into the Elmore County Jail on $150,000 bond.
Franklin said the case will be turned over to an Elmore County grand jury the week of Sept. 23.

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