Father charged with manslaughter after infant found dead

Published: Jan. 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2013 at 1:06 AM EST
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Jarrod Davis
Jarrod Davis

RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) - A man appeared in court after the death of his child.

Jarrod Davis, 23, was arraigned in court Thursday after police said they found his 1-month-old baby dead in his crib with blunt force trauma to the head.

Bryce Shumate, with Radcliff Police, said at first they though the baby had died from asphyxiation, "The infant was lying on its stomach there was some other evidence there that appeared that may be the case."

Then, Wednesday morning police got a call from the coroner's office saying the baby's cause of death, was not asphyxiation, but severe head injuries - something never mentioned to police the day they found the baby in the crib.

"When they read the father his rights he confessed he dropped the baby, it's head hit the crib and that's what caused according to him the blunt force trauma to his head," said Shumate.

The mother of the infant said she was not home at the time of the incident and had no idea. Shumate said she is not a person of interest.

Davis has been charged with manslaughter in the second degree, a class c felony punishable by 5 to 10 years. He is held on a $50,000 full cash bond.

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