5:12 PM EDT, August 30, 2012
The trial of a Hagerstown man accused earlier this year of assaulting a child and causing permanent brain damage was rescheduled Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for two days in November.
Darryl Xavier Talley Jr., 25, of 1317 Jay Drive, is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, second-degree child abuse and first- and second-degree assault in an incident that occurred on or about March 22 or 23, according to court records.
A jury trial was scheduled for Thursday, but the state filed a motion to continue the case.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen told Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. that the medical records for the victim, Kaleb Marcello Adams, had been received by the state and Assistant Public Defender Kathleen McClernan, but more time was required for a defense expert to review those records.
The state also has several witnesses to call for medical testimony, and the trial likely will take two days, Hansen told Long.
A copy of an investigative report by Hagerstown Police was obtained by The Herald-Mail earlier this year. The names of Talley and Adams were redacted from the report, but it stated that the child was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown and later to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Doctors told police the child, who was 1 year old at the time, sustained fractures to both sides of his skull and that “the entire right side of his brain was dead,” the investigative report said. The boy also would never regain consciousness and the injuries resulted from “non-accidental blunt force trauma,” the report said.
The child’s mother had left the boy at the Jay Drive address March 21, the report said.
Talley was indicted by a Washington County grand jury in June on charges he assaulted Kaleb Adams, court records show. Talley was in custody Thursday at the county detention center on $200,000 bond.
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