C'Burg man enters plea in infant death

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By Brent Schanding

Landmark News Service

David Cull - the Campbellsburg man charged with sitting on and suffocating his infant grandson while impaired - plead not guilty to charges of reckless homicide in Henry County District Court earlier this week.

He will next appear before a judge Feb. 25.

Cull, 50, was charged Thursday with killing his 2-month old grandson, after investigators say he allegedly passed out from prescription pills then sat on and suffocated the infant, who was laying on an armchair in the family's living room.

Emergency crews found his grandson, Xavien Cull, unconscious and unresponsive at the 43 Darlene Court apartment in Campbellsburg, shortly after 7:35 a.m. on Valentine's Day. It's unknown how much time passed before the family alerted authorities.

Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard said the infant was pronounced dead at the scene.

The child's mother, Erin Cull, was reportedly being lodged at a Louisville facility, where she was undergoing inpatient addiction treatment at the time of the infant's death, according to Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Goodale.

The infant's 5-year-old sister, who reportedly witnessed the incident was transferred to the care of a relative, Goodale said.

Grandmother Donna Marie Cull, who reportedly had custody of both children, also witnessed the incident. She has not been charged at this time, Goodale said.

Shortly after his birth, the infant was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit at Norton Suburban Hospital in Louisville for two weeks. There, he had been recovering from birthing complications, according to earlier information provided by the family.

Cull is being lodged at the Carroll County Regional Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond or $10,000 property bond.

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