El Paso criminal defense attorney explains what Jeffrey Farrey's charge of injury to a child by omission
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — We're also learning new details tonight about Jenna’s husband -- Jeffrey Farrey who is already back in El Paso -- facing a charge in connection with this case. Because of the charge he is facing, he could spend up to 99 years in prison.
Jeffrey Farrey is still in El Paso County Jail. According to a document we obtained Thursday, the Fort Bliss soldier is facing a charge of injury to a child by omission.
A Fort Bliss solider who may be connected to his 5-month-old son, Jackson's death, remains in El Paso county custody.
Court documents we obtained outlined his charges. We sat down with El Paso criminal defense attorney Michael Gibson. Who explained what Farrey is facing, "An omission called endangering a child by omission is not generally perceived by the law as being as dangerous intentional or knowingly causing injury to a child,” Gibson said.
That means Jeffrey may not have killed the baby himself -- but didn't stop the murder.
Gibson said the charge includes several tiers depending the severity of the crime -- and Farrey faces anywhere between five to 99 years in prison if convicted. "You go back to this intentional conduct, knowing conduct, reckless conduct, criminal negligence.”
Investigators are still working on the case which means, potential new charges for the Fort Bliss soldier. "The police will investigate as soon as they find out then they'll try to, try to put that evidence to shoehorn that evidence into an appropriate statute."
And charges could still be upgraded to include capital murder. In the document, Jeffrey Farrey's mother is listed as an emergency contact.
We reached out to her for comment but she refused to answer our questions.