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Sumner Co. father charged in 8-week-old baby's death

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Robert Jasper and Jenny Gregory (Photos from Portland PD) Robert Jasper and Jenny Gregory (Photos from Portland PD)

A Sumner County couple is suspected of abusing their baby daughter, who died last month at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Portland police investigators say medics were called Jan. 2 to a home in the 200 block of Portland Boulevard, where father Robert Jasper, 30, said his 8-week-old daughter was having trouble breathing.

The baby was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center, where staff members noticed old bruising and swelling to the baby's eyes and face, so they called police.

The baby, named Alionna, was then transferred to Vanderbilt. Tests indicated a severe brain injury in addition to possible signs of abuse, authorities said.

Alionna died at Vanderbilt, and an autopsy revealed head and spinal cord trauma.

In previous interviews, Jasper told detectives he didn't know what happened to Alionna, but he later allegedly said he had a dream that the baby was not breathing, so he shook the baby to get her to breathe.

Police said the baby appeared malnourished and small for her age, and the family's home was dirty and unkempt.

Jasper is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and child abuse/neglect.

Jenny Gregory, 24, is charged with child abuse/neglect.

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