LEAGUE CITY — A man arrested in 2012 when his 2-month-old child was rushed to the hospital with severe head injuries is set to stand trial this week after being re-indicted on a murder charge.
Christopher Morgan Benson, 28, of League City, has been jailed on a charge of injury to a child since Oct. 12, 2012, a day after his infant daughter, Lola Glover, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to a police affidavit.
Glover died of her injuries at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston more than a week later on Oct. 19, said Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole, who is prosecuting the case. The cause of death was listed as blunt trauma, he said.
Prosecutors brought the case to a grand jury before trial to obtain the murder charge against Benson, Poole said. Upgrading the charge to murder was appropriate because the girl was alive when Benson was first arrested and charged with injury to a child, he said.
Benson told police he was looking after his daughter at his League City apartment in the 500 block of Davis Road while the girl’s mother was at work on Oct. 11, 2012, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Benson later told a League City police detective he was “playing a video game and the baby would not stop crying even while he was trying to feed her,” according to the affidavit.
Benson told the detective he shook the baby for more than 10 minutes and panicked when the child became unresponsive, according to the affidavit. Benson told police he tried to take the infant to get help and called the girl’s mother to tell her to come straight home after work.
The parents took the child to an urgent care medical facility, and the infant was rushed to Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster before being taken to a pediatric intensive care unit in Houston, according to the affidavit.
Benson is in the Galveston County Jail on $100,000 bond. He is the second defendant originally charged with injury to a child to be re-indicted on a murder charge in the last month.
Laura Lea Kolb, 38, of Santa Fe, is expected to stand trial in October after being re-indicted with a murder charge in connection with the death of 4-year-old Taylor Gene Moore, the daughter of Kolb’s boyfriend.
Prosecutors allege that Kolb was intoxicated and shoved the child into a hard surface at a Santa Fe apartment complex in March 2013, causing the girl’s death.