Authorities say a 3-month-old girl died after her father allegedly slammed her onto the floor.
Police were called to a residence in Mount Healthy, Ohio, shortly before 4 p.m. on October 17 on the report of an infant not breathing, according to a media release from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
A neighbor, Ted Copas, attempted to perform CPR on the baby before medical personnel arrived, CNN affiliate WLWT reported.
“I could get her eyes to open a little bit and then they would shut right back and roll back into her head,” Copas said.
The baby was transported to Children’s Hospital in critical condition. She died the following day, authorities said.
An investigation determined that her father, 35-year-old James Phillips, allegedly slammed the infant onto the floor, the media release states.
The girl suffered severe skull fractures and was unable to breathe, according to WLWT.
Phillips was arrested on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. He remains in custody on $4 million bail.
William Oswall Jr., the attorney representing Phillips, told HLN he anticipates that his client will be indicted for aggravated murder with the death penalty specification on October 27.
Phillips denies slamming the baby on the ground and his parents are supporting him, Oswall said.