published Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Erlanger nurses recount attempts to revive 3-year-old boy

Reginald Tumlin listens during jury selection for his trial Tuesday in Judge Rebecca Stern's courtroom. Tumlin has been charged with felony murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect.
Reginald Tumlin listens during jury selection for his trial Tuesday in Judge Rebecca Stern's courtroom. Tumlin has been charged with felony murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect.
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Erlanger hospital nurses, testifying this morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court, described efforts to revive an obviously dead 3-year-old boy.

Both Jamie Lee Boles and Kristin Jane Goodin testified that when a woman brought Jaylen Ramsey into the emergency room on May 1, 2010, each could tell the boy already was dead.

Boles testified that bruises and burns appeared inflicted on the boy and not to be the result of an accident, as she had seen on previous patients. She also testified to seeing bite marks.

Goodin said Ramsey never had a pulse, a heartbeat or was breathing while a team attempted to revive him before declaring him dead at 3:34 a.m.

Reginald Tumlin, 32, faces charges of felony murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect in the death of his son Ramsey.

The trial began Tuesday and is expected to last the week.

In opening staements Tuesday prosecutor Charlie Minor told jurors that Tumlin kept Ramsey from April 4, 2010, until his death on May 1, 2010.

Police arrested Tumlin in May 2010 on drug-related charges shortly after his son, Jaylen Ramsey, died at the local children’s hospital.

He previously pleaded guilty to a vehicular homicide charge along with assault and marijuana possession charges in 2002. Tumlin was sentenced to five years on that plea.

He is a member of Dorris Street Bloods gang, according to court documents.

Tumlin’s girlfriend drove Ramsey to the hospital on May 1, 2010, when the boy complained of “stomach pain” and was “gasping for air.”

Lead investigator Chattanooga police detective James Tate testified that Tumlin told him he didn’t go to the hospital because he was “worried that police or staff would see the boy’s injuries.”

An autopsy later showed more than 50 bruises on various parts of the toddler’s face and body, numerous lacerations and a healing burn on the back of his left thigh.

The medical examiner’s report listed “bowel perforation due to blunt force abdominal trauma” as the likely cause of death.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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