Edgar County man accused in murder of toddler appears in court

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EDGAR COUNTY, IL. (WTHI) – It’s a day in court for an Edgar County man accused of murdering a toddler. This comes just days after a sentence is handed down in the case of Selena Hall.

Earlier this week, News 10 reported Hall will spend 10 years behind bars. She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old son, Landon Weaver. The 762 days Hall served on home incarceration will count toward the sentence.

In a final statement to the court, Hall detailed a history of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend Zach Watson. On November 5th 2014, the day Landon was taken to the hospital, Hall said Watson told her to stick to the story, that Landon had fallen off the toilet and hit his head.

“Yes, my son died because I was unable to protect him from Zach Watson,” Hall told the court through tears.

It’s uncertain when or if Watson will respond to those accusations. He appeared for a pre-trial hearing on Friday afternoon. This comes more than two years after Landon died. The Marion County, Indiana, coroner ruled the death as homicidal violence due to multiple blunt force trauma to the head.

During Hall’s hearing, a trauma nurse testified this had been the worst case of abuse she had ever seen during her 18 years in the medical field.

Watson faces a Class M felony murder charge. Conviction on the Class M felony carries an automatic prison sentence of between 20 and 60 years. He previously entered an open plea of not guilty. Judge Steven L. Garst continued the case to February 24th at 9 a.m. central time.

However, prior to dealing with the murder case, Watson entered an open guilty plea to an unrelated Class 2 felony of possession of a firearm by a felon charge. A sentencing hearing was set for March 10th at 9 a.m. central time.

Watson remains in the Edgar County Jail. News 10 will continue to follow this case and bring you the latest information as it becomes available.