MANATEE — A 22-year-old man was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder this week for shaking his girlfriend’s 7-month-old daughter to death in April 2009, according to court documents.
Alfredo Hudson Jr. was initially arrested on a charge of aggravated manslaughter on April 23, 2009.
Hudson’s family recently hired a Sarasota-based private attorney Kathleen Kirwin, who filed a motion Wednesday asking for a continuance in order to prepare for trial.
If Circuit Judge Diana Moreland does not grant a continuance this morning in court, Hudson will go to trial Sept. 20.
She argued prosecutors list no fewer than 40 medical witnesses to weigh in on the case.
The infant girl, Naiomi Petit-Homme, died from head trauma, according to court documents.
Hudson was showering with the victim April 22, 2009, when she began crying and became fussy.
Hudson grew frustrated and told Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators he shook her seven times very hard. She started to vomit and stopped breathing. When authorities arrived on scene, Hudson told paramedics the child possibly drowned, according to arrest reports.
Kirwin also stated she wants Hudson to be mentally evaluated before trial since the public defender’s office never requested a psychological assessment.