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Eskew Trial Begins with Jury Selection

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Judge Dirk Sandefur began the first day of the trial for Jasmine Nicole Eskew by stating, "the state has filed an investigation charging the defendant, Jasmine Nicole Eskew, with the offense of deliberate homicide, in violation of Montana law."

After several months of delays and hearings, the trial for Eskew started Monday.  Over one-hundred potential jurors were brought in to begin day.

The twenty-two year old Eskew is facing a deliberate homicide charge after she allegedly shook her six month old daughter Brooklynn.

According to court records, the child later died due to effects from a subural hematoma.  Court documents state that Brooklynn's injuries were consistent with being shaken.

In the same set of documents, when she was questioned by police, Eskew reportedly admitted to and demonstrated the violent shaking of her daughter.

When Judge Sandefur read the charge this morning, Eskew broke down into tears.  If convicted, she could face a life sentence.

The trial is expected to last eight to nine days and jury selection continues into Tuesday, with opening arguments expected to begin Wednesday morning at the earliest.

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