Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Guilty Plea in Death of 3-Month-Old; Jacksonville Man's Daughter Was Shaken, Slammed against Door

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Guilty Plea in Death of 3-Month-Old; Jacksonville Man's Daughter Was Shaken, Slammed against Door

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A Jacksonville man pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and child abuse in the June death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Bryan Matthew Wofford was arrested June 13, two weeks after his daughter, Makayla Wofford, was hospitalized after being shaken and slammed against a door when she wouldn't stop crying.

An autopsy revealed that her skull had been fractured.

Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Wofford turns 23 today.

Charles Broward

PATROL: MAN HIT, KILLED IN MAYPORT AT FAULT

A 69-year-old Jacksonville Beach man was hit and killed early Friday in the 2200 block of Mayport Road at Fleet Landing Boulevard.

Earl Grant Wilson walked in front of a northbound Jeep Cherokee at 2:15 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said. The Jeep was driven by James Edward Gray, 31, of Jacksonville.

No charges were filed because the pedestrian was at fault, Leeper said.

Dan Scanlan

DOCTOR IS ARRESTED ON ANOTHER CHARGE

A Shands Jacksonville doctor was arrested again Thursday on a new charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 16.

It's 1 1/2 months after James Milton Phillips, 45, was jailed, then bailed out on two similar charges against a child younger than 12, jail records show.

His new bail is $500,000. Phillips and his attorney, Mark Barnett, met with Circuit Judge Virginia Norton on Friday to get a bail reduction, but it was denied.

Barnett said his client only gave a massage to his children's 15-year-old baby sitter after she requested it when she felt sore after swimming.

She didn't undress or dress in his presence and was wrapped in towels when it occurred in July, Barnett said.

Phillips was placed on administrative leave when the first two arrests were made Dec. 1, pending the investigation.

That case involved a Nov. 25 incident, an arrest report said. Details of the initial charges were redacted from the arrest report under state privacy laws. Phillips denied the claims, the report said.

Nothing occurred on hospital property or involved patient care, Shands spokesman Dan Leveton said Friday. …

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