Testimony is expected to get underway Wednesday in the trial of a Waggaman man accused of beating his 14-year-son son to death with a paddle last year.
Furnell Daniel, 45, faces life in prison if convicted of the second-degree murder of Jalen Daniel, who died Feb. 8, 2016, of injuries caused by head trauma.
The boy’s stepmother returned to their Clifford Court home at night three days earlier and found Jalen complaining of headaches and other injuries.
The boy was given pain relievers and an Epsom salt bath but collapsed while being bathed. The couple delayed taking him to the hospital even as he sweated, vomited and urinated on himself, investigators said.
The next day, Feb. 6, Furnell Daniel called 911 and told officers Jalen had fallen and hit his head in the bathtub, though doctors at Ochsner Medical Center later told investigators that they suspected abuse because of the boy’s injuries.
Jalen had cuts and bruises on his legs, arms, torso and head. and a splinter of wood was lodged inside a wound above his left eye.
Police said Furnell Daniel regularly beat Jalen and his brother, then 15, for their bad grades.
Jury selection continued in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna on Tuesday evening. Judge Stephen Grefer will preside over the trial.