Tyler Buchanan, 19, was charged with capital murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Paisley.
A young father in Arkansas, smothered his child for trying to revive through her, shocking her to live with an extension cord, police said in a report Wednesday.
Tyler Buchanan, 19, was charged Monday with capital murder in the death of his daughter, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
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The 2-month-old girl, named Paisley, died on June 12, after Buchanan allegedly choked her as he tried to stop her from screaming, so he could sleep.
Buchanan, according to the news outlet, initially told the police that the baby woke up around 5:30 in the morning, and he fed her with a bottle before she went back to sleep.
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He has reportedly said that if he woke up later, his daughter was not breathing, so he cut the end of an extension cord and tried to use it to shock her back to life.
Buchanan later told the police he kept the child’s head against his shoulder to stop her from breathing as she continued to scream and he wanted to sleep.
The 19-year-old acknowledged his error of the Gazette reported, quoting a probable cause affidavit.
Buchanan also allegedly admitted to choking of the child around 2 a.m. but didn’t say anything. The mother of the child called the police around 9 p.m. when she woke up to see the child not breathing.
Buchanan’s neighbor, Tricia Dewberry, told KFSM-TV that “he loved the baby,” calls her “a gift from the baby, an advanced baby.” She added: “he showed the baby off and let me play and hold the baby.”
Faced with a capital murder charge, Buchanan allegedly would face the death penalty or life in prison, according to the report. He was being held in the Crawford County jail without bond, according to the station.
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