The last three years have been a living nightmare for Chad Lewis Rogers and his family. The 29-year-old from Vernal, Utah was found not guilty of child abuse homicide. While it may seem like a victory for Rogers, nobody truly wins in these type of cases. The ordeal has cost Rogers his marriage, his job and reputation. But most importantly, he has lost a son. Like many who are accused of killing their children, Rogers found himself on the wrong side of the court of public opinion. But when the facts were presented, the jury at the 8th District Court in Salt Lake City found him not guilty. Rogers has regained his freedom. But like many people accused of child abuse homicide, can he regain his life?
Criminal defense attorney Bryan Sidwell had the task of representing Rogers. The case was emotionally difficult for everyone involved. “I’m glad we won, but these are difficult cases for the state. They’re difficult for everybody,” Sidwell said. “Nobody likes to see a baby die.”
Rogers’ life would change forever during the early hours of August 24, 2014. He gave his 6-month son a bottle of milk before leaving the room. But something was not right. Rogers told the police he heard the baby choking. He picked up the child, put him down and “slightly” shook him “by the shoulders” to help the baby respond. When his wife entered the room, she noticed the baby was limp in Rogers’ arms and turned blue. She called 911 while Rogers administered CPR.
After the baby was transported to Primary Children’s Hospital, doctors discovered internal bleeding in the child’s brain. The baby died three days later. According to the medical examiner, the baby died from forced trauma to the head, which led police to the conclusion it was the result of child abuse. According to Rogers’ criminal defense attorney, the Salt Lake City jury heard testimony from 8 doctors. Four of the physicians, along with the medical examiner, claimed the injury was “significant” and would have caused “immediate, persistent symptoms” according to Uintah County Attorney Mark Thomas. But according to Sidwell, there were other doctors who provided conflicting testimony that claimed the injury may have occurred hours before.
Protecting the Rights of the Accused
One of the most overlooked aspects of criminal defense cases is the rights of the accused. Child abuse homicide is a first-degree felony that would have landed Rogers in prison for a significant portion of his adult life. He had already lost nearly three years before the jury found him not guilty. In far too many instances, there is a rush to judgment made by the media and those who are not familiar with the case. The Rogers acquittal also illustrates the importance of having an experienced criminal defense attorney that can effectively present the facts and place the client in the best position to succeed.
Are You Accused of Child Abuse? A Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
There is no greater pain than losing a child. But when a parent is accused of child abuse or killing their son or daughter, it can be even more devastating for everyone involved. It is important for those facing charges to seek legal counsel from a lawyer with a track record of protecting the rights of clients and looking out for their best interests. Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney David Paul White understands the challenges of those accused of some of the most brutal crimes. For more than 25 years, he has successfully represented men and women accused of child abuse and various crimes. He and his legal team are committed to helping each client through this difficult time by utilizing an aggressive and comprehensive approach. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.