NOT GUILTY: Dr. Jason Nolan Cox was found not guilty of the charges he faced, as reported by the Valdosta Daily Times Feb. 28, 2008. 

ADEL — The doctor accused of beating his 2-year-old daughter has elected to have his case heard by a judge.

Dr. Jason Cox’s bench trial will begin at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5 in the Cook County Jail courtroom.

Judge Brooks Blitch will preside.

A Cook County jury returned indictments on Cox in July after Adel police charged Cox Dec. 8, 2004, with cruelty to children in a felony warrant.

An examination of the child at South Georgia Medical Center revealed “severe bruising from just above the kidney area to knee area on the front and back of the legs,” according to a police report.

"Witness interview revealed that Dr. Cox had inflicted the injuries on his daughter. The interview also revealed the beating occurred from 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2004, to 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2004. The witness stated the child was beaten because she would not say 'yes, sir' to her father."

Cox is being represented by attorney Tim Eidson.

Cathy Helms, Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney, and Chief Assistant D.A. Al Tester will act as prosecuting attorneys.

Cox also faces charges of family violence and aggravated battery in Lowndes County.

He was indicted by the grand jury in a case involving an incident that Lowndes County Sheriff Office investigators said happened June 20, 2004, at what was Cox's residence at 737 Lake Laurie Road in Valdosta.

Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Cox Dec. 10, 2004, on a warrant for allegedly assaulting his former wife.

Cox caused bodily harm to his former wife, rendering her eardrum useless, by “striking” her head and face with his fist, according to the indictment.

District Attorney David Miller, Southern Judicial Circuit, said pretrial motions for the case are scheduled for February.

Cox has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Neither the prosecution nor the defense was able to be reached for comment.

June 20, 2004: Lowndes County Sheriff Office investigators say family violence incident occurs at Cox’s former Valdosta residence

Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2004: Police reports, according to witness statements, say beating of child occurs

Dec. 8, 2004: Adel police arrest and charge Cox with cruelty to children

Dec. 10, 2004: Lowndes County investigators arrest and charge Cox in family violence incident

July 2005: Cook County jury indicts Cox

August 2005: Lowndes County jury returns indictment on Cox

Jan. 5, 2006: Trial date set in Adel

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