A father who at first stated he by chance killed his toddler daughter in March has now admitted to purposely harming the two-month-old youngster, a Pennsylvania district legal professional stated.
Lamont Bacchus, 31, and two others obtained upgraded fees Thursday after officers stated he revealed new data relating to the loss of life of the baby, recognized by Lehigh Valley Live as Reann M. Bacchus.
The father initially instructed police he by chance dropped Reann when he tripped whereas carrying her on March 19. He modified his story when results of the girl’s autopsy were revealed, Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso stated in a information launch Thursday.
The post-mortem revealed the baby “suffered from a gaping skull fracture on the left side of the head and numerous scalp and brain hemorrhages,” in accordance to the district legal professional’s workplace, which listed her reason for loss of life as “traumatic brain injury as a result of homicide.”
Bacchus later stated “frustration” led to the lethal sequence of occasions.
“Bacchus admitted that he had struck the baby’s head against the table out of frustration from her crying and him being the only one caring for the child during that time,” Mancuso stated.
He instantly knew Reann was useless, the district legal professional’s workplace stated, however positioned her on the sofa earlier than he went to sleep.
Bacchus later left the house “in search of drugs,” officers stated, and the baby was discovered by Tony Kristiansen, a pal of Bacchus, and the kid’s mom, Amanda Green, in accordance to Lehigh Valley Live.
Kristiansen and Green, each 29, awakened to discover Reann useless on the sofa, the newspaper reported. They delayed calling 911 once they discovered the baby so they might conceal medication, the district legal professional’s workplace stated.
All three have been utilizing medication within the presence of youngsters on the residence, officers stated.
Bacchus was charged with prison murder, endangering the welfare of a kid and drug fees. He was additionally charged with assault on accusations he bodily assaulted Green the evening earlier than their daughter was killed, in accordance to the district legal professional’s workplace.
Kristiansen and Green now face felony endangering fees and drug supply fees, in accordance to officers.
The youngster’s mother was additionally charged with involuntary manslaughter as a result of she injected Bacchus with medication, then left the kid in his care so she may sleep with Kristiansen, the district legal professional stated.