Edward Benesch was ordered bound over to the grand jury on charges of reckless homicide and child abuse for the March 7 death of 18-month-old Somarah Camilla Smith following a preliminary hearing in Dickson County General Sessions Court Friday morning. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Mike Breedlove testified during the 40-minute hearing that Somarah, the daughter of Benesch’s girlfriend Helena Jill Smith, suffered multiple internal injuries that the medical examiner said were the result of blunt force trauma equivalent to the force of an automobile accident. Breedlove said during a five-hour interview, 26-year-old Benesch claimed he tripped over a cat on the porch of his Rocky Drive mobile home and fell while carrying Smith to his car the night before and even though he knew she had serious injuries he did not seek medical attention for her because he was “drunk.” In fact, Breedlove said Benesch admitted that after he allegedly fell with the child, he went ahead to a store to buy beer and cigarettes with Somarah and her 2-year-old sister in the car. Breedlove testified Benesch said he “panicked” when he awoke the next morning and Somarah was crying and wheezing. Benesch dropped the children off at Jill Smith’s aunt’s home on Brookside Drive around 7:30 that morning and left, telling the agent he was “wigged out” because he had been drinking and smoking marijuana. Benesch had been caring for the children for about two weeks after both their mother and father had been jailed on unrelated charges and no other family member was willing to care for them, Breedlove testified. The agent said a state medical examiner determined Somarah had suffered a lacerated spleen, lacerated diaphragm, lacerated kidneys, lacerated liver which caused internal bleeding, a broken rib and had bruises on her chest and the back of her head. Under cross examination by attorney Olin Baker, Breedlove said there also is an eyewitness who saw Benesch punch the child inside his home, but did not identify the witness or when the alleged assault occurred. Breedlove said a search of Benesch’s mobile home showed that it appeared to have been “cleaned” and the mattress the child slept on was missing and the trash had been removed. He said there appeared to be bloodstains on the inside of a door of the home, but testing has not been completed. The agent also said the investigation uncovered several text messages Benesch sent the morning of the child’s death, including one to his sister urging her to answer her phone because the “baby’s hurt bad” and one sent after he dropped the child off telling his sister that if anyone asks to say he was with her for the previous two days and did not have the children. Judge Durwood Moore ordered the case bound over to the next session of the grand jury. Benesch remains in the Hickman County Jail on $75,000 bond because Somarah’s biological father, Edward Mays, remains in the Dickson County Jail on unrelated charges.