A man accused of smothering his own child is facing serious charges after he allegedly attempted to revive the infant using an electrical shock, according to local sources. The 19-year-old Arkansas resident has been charged with violent crimes, including capital murder following the death of his 2-month-old daughter. If he is found guilty, he could face life in prison or even the death penalty.
According to the information provided in the report, the 19-year-old allegedly told police that in the early morning of June 12, he held his infant daughter’s head to his shoulder to prevent her from crying while he was trying to sleep. He initially told officers that the girl woke up at approximately 5:30 a.m. and fed from a bottle before returning to sleep. However, the man said when he awoke later the child was not breathing.
The mother called authorities around 9 a.m., after the man allegedly cut the end off an extension cord before plugging it in and attempting to revive the child via electric shock. The baby was pronounced dead by authorities when they arrived. The father is currently being held with no bail at a jail in Crawford County in advance of a trial date.
The death of an infant is a monstrous tragedy, but it is very important that the man accused of these violent crimes has his day in court. He will be represented in an Arkansas court by a criminal defense attorney who will carefully review the facts of the case in an attempt to build a compelling defense against the serious charges. As always, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt the man is guilty of the crimes of which he has been accused.