Jeffrey Spielman, 45, accused of killing his 6-month-old daughter, pushed an oxygen tank as he walked through the Boyle County Circuit Court room on Tuesday.
He was there for a status hearing, during which he learned that he would be scheduled for pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1. At that time, he could potentially agree to a plea, or a trial date could be set.
Spielman is battling stage IV cancer, according to files in the Boyle County Clerk’s Office. He is being held in the Kentucky State Reformatory so he can continue receiving care.
Kentucky State Police originally charged Spielman with menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, and second-degree wanton endangerment.
State police were called Nov. 20 by the Boyle County Department for Community Based Services after Spielman’s daughter had been admitted to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Files in the clerk’s office include a statement given to police by Melanie Searcy, the mother of the infant and Spielman’s girlfriend, who said she and Spielman had fought the night before while she held the child, but that she didn’t think the child had suffered injuries. Spielman left the house after the confrontation, according to the statement.
Searcy put the child to bed about 10:30 p.m., and by 2 a.m., Spielman had returned. He checked on the child, while Searcy stayed in bed, “at his request.” At 7 a.m., Spielman woke her because something was wrong with their daughter, the file states.
The baby was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was transferred to Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. On Nov. 22, the baby died; the same day, an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office indicated that the child died from multiple internal injuries.