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Navy chief petty officer charged in child's February death

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:05 PM
Last updated Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 11:52 AM
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A Navy chief petty officer has been charged with murder in the February death of his 17-month-old niece.

Jerome Edward Hughs
Jerome Edward Hughs

Kaidence Alexander died at Georgia Regents Medical Center on Feb. 27 from internal injuries. According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the toddler had been taken by ambulance from her home on Banbury Place in Hephzibah five days earlier.

Medical staffers told police the child had possibly been asphyxiated, resulting in brain swelling. She also had several broken ribs and two hemorrhages on the brain, which were determined to be old injuries.

The girl’s uncle, Jerome Edward Hughs, 36, who is a chief petty officer and attached to Fort Gordon, was charged Tuesday after a grand jury determined there was enough evidence in the case to obtain an arrest warrant, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said Thursday.

Police said Hughs and his wife had custody of the child at the time of her injuries.

Although the case was quickly determined to be a homicide, Chew said it took several months of investigations to make charges against the suspect.

“In cases like this we have to go back and find out a history,” he said.

Investigators collaborated with the state crime lab, doctors and other agencies to determine the age of the injuries, determine anyone who had contact with the child during the time and interview family members or potential witnesses.

Other children were in the home at the time of the injuries but authorities don’t believe they were harmed.

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happychimer
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happychimer 12/12/13 - 01:12 pm
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This makes me sick! I hope he

This makes me sick! I hope he gets what he deserves!!!

pb1852
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pb1852 12/12/13 - 02:45 pm
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Suggestions

A couple of editing suggestions. Instead of calling him a Navy Petty Officer, Navy Chief would be the more accurate way to refer to him as he is a Chief Petty Officer. There's a big distinction between the two of them in the Navy. Also further down in the article, Chief Petty Officer is supposed to be capitalized.

As for the subject at hand, let the justice system run its course instead of jumping to conclusions. I tire of seeing stuff like "I hope he gets what he deserves" on any article like this prior to any actual determination of his guilt.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 12/12/13 - 05:15 pm
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Thanks pb1852

Thanks pb1852

eschamb
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eschamb 12/12/13 - 10:16 pm
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Old Injuries...

How is he and his wife gonna explain that?

freeradical
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freeradical 12/12/13 - 11:21 pm
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Chief Cretin

And Cretin is capitalized by the way .

Put him back on a Navy ship going out to sea and let the crew

know what this chief cretin likes to do to infant girls .

The you can call him Fish Food .

Fish Food being capitalized .

ConcernedTaxpayer
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ConcernedTaxpayer 12/13/13 - 09:23 am
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Military

Why was it necessary to list his rank or that he was in the military? Are you trying to make the military look bad? Why not just list him as a man?

Mudge
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Mudge 12/13/13 - 10:09 am
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Gwen_from_Aiken seems to have

Gwen_from_Aiken seems to have definite issues with "coloreds" and Twaa must not be far off the mark either with a comment like: "Hint the need to consistently TAN." Is that all caucasians or just some of them? Anyway I hope justice prevails in this case. Thanks PB1852 for doing the Chronicles editing job.

movingforward
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movingforward 12/13/13 - 05:29 pm
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Cambridge

This is sad because the Cambridge Property Owners Association President set up an account at the local bank in the child's name and solicited donation from the Cambridge homeowners for the child's funeral but refuse to give any information regarding the little girl death, the address or the name of the family. However,the Association President collected money in the name of the child while the family continued to live in the Cambridge neighborhood. How ironic! Something is truly wrong here.

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