Man Will Stand Trial In Death of 3-Year-Old Daughter

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

The Jackson man charged with murdering his 3-year-old daughter will go to trial.

Jackson County District Judge Joseph Filip ordered Paul Brower to stand trial in the death of Victoria Brower after a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Trina Brower, Paul Brower's wife and Victoria's stepmother, testified that the day before the girl died, Paul Brower hit Victoria in the head and slapped her in the face so hard she fell down.

Victoria had been making holes in the walls of the family home and that upset Paul Brower, Trina Brower testified.

Later that night, she told the court, her husband put the girl to bed early and said he was reading her a story, something she says he did not often do.

Paul Brower's defense attorney raised questions about Trina Brower's credibility, pointing out that the woman had spent time in a mental hospital in the recent past.

Attorney Bruce Barton also asked Trina Brower whether she put Victoria to bed along with her husband. Trina Brower testified that she remained on the first floor of the home watching television while her husband put the child to bed.

Barton also pointed out that Trina Brower initially told police Paul Brower put Victoria to bed around 9 p.m., her usual bedtime. Trina Brower reaffirmed her statement that Victoria was put to bed early that night.

Prosecutors believe Paul Brower killed his daughter by suffocating her sometime after they say he disciplined her in their home in the 400 block of W. Biddle Street.

A forensic pathologist testified in court Thursday that he believes Victoria's death was indeed caused by suffocation. He said it was clearly not accidental.

After the testimony, Filip ruled there was probable cause to proceed with a trial. Brower is charged with premeditated murder, felony murder and first-degree child abuse.

Some of Victoria's other relatives were in court Thursday. The girl's maternal grandmother, Rita Jewell, says she wonders if there can ever be real justice served. Real justice, she says, would mean Victoria was still alive.

Jewell says she believed abuse was occuring in the Brower home and that authorities refused to do anything about it.

Paul Brower is set to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court August 21.

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  • by sypathetic Location: west virginia on Oct 20, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    I just recently found this page and had to let you know where the "stepmother" is. She is in a small town in west virginia. As of now she is waiting to be extridictied back to michigan. I am sorry for the loss of Victoria. She said she had a daughter and son and that they were both killed by her husband. She said that he suffocated them and she woke with him trying to suffocate her and she fought him off. She is truely mentally disturb.
  • by curious Location: michigan on Oct 19, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    what ever happened to the step mother and did she have any kids with paul
  • by 16 Location: jackson on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    I think is is totally wrong. Something else should be done
  • by Cathy Location: Fayetteville on Nov 21, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    I was wondering if anything else is going to be done on this case. The husband was found not guilty. Someone had to have done this to this precious little girl and something should be done!
  • by AARON Location: jackson on Oct 4, 2007 at 04:29 PM
    I think that step mother should be with her husband.So that way she can't leave Jackson like she already has.She was in the house when the murder happened.Doesn't that stand for something.
  • by BB3 Location: dearborn on Sep 4, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    I think people should stop being judgemental and pray for those involved. Including the baby.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2007 at 07:03 PM
    50% to 70% of men who abuse women also abuse their children. 45-59% of men that abuse their children also abuse their wives. 75% of all women killed at the hands of their partner are killed while trying to leave the relationship. People need to realize that it is obvious that the father did a very good job of hiding what kind of a monster he really is. Even his own family and friends didn't realize just what was going on in that home. People really need to get their facts straight before posting false comments. Stop with the slanderous comments towards the victims just because you feel sorry for the father. It's not him that needs your thoughts and prayers, it's the little girl that he was supposed to have loved so much but yet he took her life. And the family members and friends that are left to deal with the grief of losing such a precious little angel.
  • by JPD has who they want regardless of who's guilty Location: Jackson on Aug 14, 2007 at 02:54 PM
    It's obvious that the Jackson Police and prosecutors have the person they want, regardless of whether that person is guilty or not. Which, I know these people, and I know Paul couldn't have done this. Why haven't any questions been raised about the mother cutting HERSELF and trying to commit suicide and badgering Paul because he never punished Victoria severely enough? Paul did not do this, Trina did. The Jackson police do not care, they're all just patting themselves on the back for putting someone behind bars for it. Case closed fellas, good work. Put another innocent man behind bars. Paul never abused Trina or Victoria. Do some research WILX and you'll find that the police were called on Trina for child abuse. She also has been calling the detectives asking questions. Anyone that has seen any detective show on tv knows that's a big clue as to someone that should be investigated. She called to explain why there was her hair on Victoria when she shouldn't have even known about it.
  • by A person that knows the truth Location: Jackson on Aug 14, 2007 at 09:20 AM
    I wish that people knew all of the facts. Nobody knows what was going on in the house when other people weren't around. The facts about what the stepmother was going through seems to have been left out of the news. The mental, emotional, and physical abuse that she was going through. People say, well why didn't she take the little girl and leave, well because it was her "stepdaughter" and she legally had no rights to take her out of the home. She did call the girls maternal side of the family about a few things that happened involving the little girl and nothing was done. So maybe people should stop trying to push blame on the stepmother, she was just as much a victim as Victoria and more people need to be made aware of this fact.
  • by Heartbroken Location: Munith on Aug 11, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    She is safe now. If her father did this I hope he is in prison for the rest of his life. And that wouldnt be enough to comfort the family after they have lost a presious gift from God. I am inclined to believe, the dad will get his punishment, in prison and definitly from God. If the step mother knew he hit that child, why did she not do something about it. In my eyes, that makes her just as guilty. Did he abuse her and her child as well?
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