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Jury still deliberating in death of Vancouver infant

By , Columbian staff reporter

The jury went home for the weekend without reaching a verdict in the murder case against a Vancouver man accused of fatally injuring his infant daughter.

The Clark County Superior Court jury began deliberating around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon on the charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter against Elijah I. Partida, 24.

The deliberations were apparently affected by a Friday afternoon power outage that impacted the Clark County Courthouse and Jail.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said during closing arguments that Partida caused his 3-month-old daughter to suffer multiple brain injuries, seizures and broken ribs, which were in various stages of healing.

Defense attorney Michele Michalek argued there was not enough certainty around how or when the infant’s injuries occurred to convict Partida of causing her death.