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Trial begins for Lubbock mother accused of playing role in infant son's death

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Jury selection began at the courthouse Monday morning.

23-year-old Madison Rodriguez was originally charged with intentionally causing serious bodily injury to her 1-year-old son in July 2015.
The infant died in late June of that year due to head trauma and a skull fracture.
Then, in October 2015, she was charged with capital murder.

But last month, 5 years after the initial arrest, the state has decided to switch gears and a grand jury indicted Rodriguez on an aggravated assault charge instead. 

Police reports at the time indicate several incidents in which both the young mother, and her boyfriend at the time, Charles Flournoy, had caused harm to the child.

Rodriguez, who was 18 years old at the time of her son's death, had told police he had stopped eating and acted "dizzy" after June 15, 2015.

This came after Rodriguez reportedly threw her son to the ground during an argument with Flournoy.

Flournoy also told police on several occasions the child had been injured under his care, including dropping the boy on his head and leaving him on the bathroom counter, which he then fell off of after Flournoy had left the room.

Officers say  although the couple knew something was wrong, they failed to get medical help for the child. Rodriguez indicated she was worried about a costly medical bill. 

Flournoy was also charged with causing intentional serious bodily injury in 2015, that case is still pending. 
However the court has revoked his bond after he was arrested twice in late 2019, for domestic violence and public intoxication.

An aggravated assault charge carries a wide range of punishment from probation to life in prison with the possibility for parole.

The prosecution plans to open its case, tomorrow morning.


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