On Wednesday, a Sullivan County grand jury indicted Nickelous Lee Lewis, 27, of Cardinal Street. True bills were returned on charges of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.
According to court records, the victim was 2 months old at the time of the abuse. It is alleged to have occurred last year in early and mid-December, when Lewis reportedly inflicted serious injury, "knowingly, and other than by accidental means." A date for the child’s death is listed as, “on or about Dec. 18.”
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office investigated the case, with witnesses to the grand jury including several doctors. The presentment does not specify Lewis' relationship to the infant.
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