Authorities in Nashville, Arkansas, charged the father of a three-week-old baby girl with murder after state medical examiner ruled the infant had been killed.
Twenty-four-year-old Chico Fidel Atkinson was arrested Thursday on a first-degree murder charge. Judge Edwin Alford has denied bond for Atkinson, who remained in the Howard County Jail.
Howard County Sheriff Butch Morris says the baby, Kaydence Marie Atkinson, died Monday at her home in the Mine Street Apartments in Nashville.
The medical examiner's office subsequently ruled Kaydence died from a blunt force trauma to the head and had a fractured left clavicle. Morris would not discuss a possible motive for the crime or say how the fatal injuries occurred.
Atkinson was also wanted in Cass County, Texas, on an aggravated sexual assault on a child charge.
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