Mother speaks after grand jury charges man for child's death

Mother speaks after grand jury charges man for child's death

READING, Pa. - A Reading mother says she feels one step closer to justice after the brutal death of her 20-week old son.

It was impossible for Emerlie Serrano to hold back the tears as she brought blue and white balloons to her infant-son's grave at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Thursday evening.

Thursday was the same day the infant's own father was arrested and charged with the infant's death.

Around 10 a.m., Eugene Jimenez, 27, was arrested at his job, and later charged with first and third degree murder for the death of his son, Ayden Jimenez.

"I'm glad that my baby's getting justice served to him and that there's nothing in the world more than just knowing that. Now I have something to look forward to for him," said Emerlie Serrano, infant's mother.

Ayden died at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown on Feb. 4, 2009 after Jimenez assaulted the baby on at least four different occasions while living in an apartment in Jamestown Village in Reading, officials said.

An autopsy revealed Ayden suffered brain injuries, three fractured ribs, a left wrist fracture, and a fracture of his right shin area, according to court documents, which detail a series of injuries the boy suffered in the weeks before his death.

Due to obstacles prosecuting the case, officials turned to the power of the grand jury.

"The grand jury enabled us to compel the testimony of a number of witnesses and we were able to learn that all of these injuries that took place, took place while in the care and custody of the father of the child," said John Adams, district attorney.

Serrano, still grieving her son's death, did not want to get in to details about the case, but she did say that it is Ayden's spirit that gives her the strength to carry on.

"There's definitely no doubt about," Serrano said, "he's my baby forever, and ain't nothing going to change that. He's the light of my eyes. He's my baby."

Eugene Jimenez is being held behind bars without bail.

Meanwhile, Serrano says she will be waiting for justice for her son, Ayden.

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