Kelly Ray Kerr, DOB: 8-5-79, appeared today in Jefferson County District Court where he was sentenced to 42 years in prison for the child abuse death of his three-month-old daughter, Olivia, in July, 2017. The sentence was imposed by District Court Judge Randall Arp.
Following five days of trial in March, 2019 the jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Kerr guilty of Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F2).
Kerr was the primary caregiver for Olivia while her mother was at work. On July 21, 2017 her mother left for work at 7:00 a.m. In the early afternoon Kerr called her and said that Olivia was not breathing. He did not call 911. It took him 17 minutes to locate Olivia’s mother by phone and then she called 911.
When Lakewood police and West Metro Fire Rescue arrived at 10596 W. 26th Avenue, Olivia was not breathing. She was transported to Lutheran Medical Center where they were able to get a pulse. She was airlifted to Childrens Hospital, but died later that night.
“In an unspeakable act of violence, Mr. Kerr took the life of a precious three-month old baby,” said DA Pete Weir, “He has earned every day of the sentence imposed by Judge Arp.”
Doctors found that Olivia suffered a major skull fracture, a second skull fracture, bilateral retinal hemorrhages, multiple rib fractures, bruising on her face and jaw. The Coroner told the jury that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. One of the experts testified that her injuries were consistent with having been shaken.