Man accused of rolling on son pleads not guilty

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Miguel Angel Gomez

A Sherman man who was arrested last year on manslaughter charges following the death of his two-month old infant did not go to trial Monday in the 15th state District Court.

Miguel Angel Gomez Jr. has pleaded not guilty to the charge and retained the services of attorney Lee Salas.

Salas said Monday that he and his client have been involved in ongoing plea discussions with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

Gomez’s case was listed among those which were potentially set for trial this week. However, jury trials are not expected to resume in Texas until August as the court system continues to deal with the precautions necessary in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A pretrial hearing in the case set for the end of May was also canceled.

Police contend that Gomez rolled over onto his son while intoxicated and passed out in a bed.

Sherman officers were dispatched to Texoma Medical Center at about 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 27,2019 on an unrelated report of an assault that occurred in the 2000 block of E. Cherry Street. Officers contend that Gomez, was at that location and was intoxicated at the time.

While officers were investigating, Gomez’s girlfriend arrived and went inside the residence. Inside, she discovered their two-month-old son unresponsive. Officers began life-saving measures and requested assistance from EMS.

The infant was transported to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center but was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.

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