A Bedford man who became frustrated with his girlfriend's baby and shook her to death was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the slaying.
A Tarrant County jury reached its decision Wednesday evening in the case of Kyle R. Gooch, 26, of Bedford.
"The jury heard all the facts and testimony in the case, and made their decision," Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in a Thursday email. "We abide by their decision; that is our system of criminal justice."
Gooch had pleaded guilty to murder in the February 2016 killing of 7-month-old Presley Lindsay. He face a sentence of up to life in prison.
"This was truly a tragic accident that occurred in a matter of seconds to a baby girl that he adored," said Christy Jack, one of Gooch's attorneys, Thursday in an email. "This wasn't your typical case, and the jury recognized that. We are grateful that the jury returned what I believe was a just verdict."
Alysa Limón told the Star-Telegram in 2016 that Gooch told her he spanked Presley because she wouldn’t stop crying. But he told Bedford police that he spanked the baby because she had grabbed his Adam’s apple.
Presley died in February 2016 from traumatic injuries to her head and neck, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Jack said Gooch has been remorseful, noting that he had rescued Presley and her mother from an abusive relationship with the baby's father.
"Unfortunately, as much as he adored Presley, he was in over his head and was unaware of the dangers of shaking a baby when he became frustrated," Jacks said.
Gooch was product of divorce, suffered from anxiety, learning disabilities and had been a victim of abuse himself, Jack said.
Gooch was arrested on the day Presley died on unrelated warrants and then police kept him in custody after they were alerted to the baby's death.
Limón told the Star-Telegram she started dating Gooch in December 2015. She said she left for work about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2016, and Presley was fine. Her daughter was in Gooch’s care at her house in the 800 block of Shady Glen Lane in Bedford, authorities said.
Limón arrived home about 11:30 p.m., gave her daughter a kiss and believed she was asleep. But she later noted that she heard some noises. coming from Presley's bed. Her daughter was not moving when she went to check on her.
Presley was rushed to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B in Bedford. Later, an ambulance took Presley and her mother to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Gooch drove separately to the hospital.
This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.