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Frederick Mitchell case: Man accused of killing 6-month-old due back in court

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CINCINNATI -- The trial for the man who is accused of killing a 6-month-old is set to continue Wednesday.

Frederick Mitchell, 21, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault after police said he caused physical injuries to a 6-month-old child in his care, which led to the child's death. If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Mitchell is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. after his case was continued at least six times. In March, Mitchell was indicted on the murder charges.

Officers said police and rescue crews were called to a home on Mount Hope Avenue at about 12:55 p.m. March 8 in response to a call of a child not breathing.

Rescuers transported 6-month-old Elliott Megrditchian to Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The child succumbed to his injuries two days later, according to police.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Megrditchian’s death a homicide. Investigators said the injuries happened while the child was in the care of Mitchell. The coroner ruled the baby's cause of death as a result of blunt force trauma.

The child’s mother, Caitlyn Pemberton said Mitchell was babysitting Megrditchian and that the three of them shared a home in Sedamsville.

"To my understanding, Fred was home alone with Elliot and when he couldn't get him to stop crying and threw him,'' Pemberton wrote in an email to 9 On Your Side. "When he picked him up and saw that he was still alive, he proceeded to shake him.''

Pemberton said she was at work at the time of the incident.

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