Tehachapi man found guilty in death of 2-month-old son

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 18:59:15-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Matthew Norwood, a Tehachapi man who's son was found with multiple head fractures, has been found guilty by a Kern County jury in the death of the 2-month-old infant.

According to court documents for this case, on Oct. 17, 2018, Abel James Norwood was taken to Kern Medical by ambulance for a fever. Once at Kern Medical, doctors discovered that Abel was suffering from "numerous life-threatening injuries" and was flown to Valley Children's Hospital Madera via helicopter, documents said.

According to court documents, doctors said Abel had minimal brain activity at that time. Abel was also suffering from multiple injuries, including skull fractures, rib fractures, and a fractured left arm. He died Oct. 24, 2018, a week after he was brought to the hospital.

Norwood, 31, and Able's mother, Brittney Collins, were both arrested and charged with first-degree murder and assault on a child under 8 resulting in death.

Norwood's sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18. He faces 15 years to life in prison.

Collins, 30, is also charged with murder. According to court records, jury deliberations for Collins are still underway.

In an interview with 23ABC in 2018, Collins said it was Norwood who caused the infant's injuries and death. From jail, she said she always cared for her son.