Edward James Doyle, 28, a father living in the Philadelphia suburb of Hatboro, Pa. with his wife and two young children, called authorities Sunday morning to say that he found his 2-month-old daughter unresponsive. Today, the Montgomery County district attorney charged Doyle with murdering his 2-month-old daughter, Makayla Doyle, according to NBC News.
When the police and paramedics arrived at Doyle’s apartment at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 24, they found Makayla with cuts on her nose and bruises on her forehead. According to the criminal complaint against Doyle, the infant was already dead when authorities arrived on the scene.
Doyle told the police that he fell on top of his daughter while taking her out of her baby swing.
Doyle had been out drinking that Saturday night celebrating a neighbor’s birthday, according to court papers. That neighbor informed police that Doyle was “highly intoxicated.”
Police initially charged Doyle with endangering the welfare of a child.
But an autopsy on the child revealed that her death was caused from "multiple and traumatic injuries," which included massive skull fractures.
"So many skull fractures that, at this point, they haven't all been able to be counted yet," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said during a news conference this morning.
Further details shared by phillyBurbs.com stated that the child’s ribs were also crushed.
“Most disturbing was that the tip of her nose was pinched in a way to obstruct her airways, to obstruct her breathing,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Tuesday said while describing the injuries that resulted in Sunday’s death of 2-month-old Makayla Doyle.
ABC News reported that Doyle allegedly told a detective that he shouldn't have been caring for Makayla because he "drank too much."
Edward James Doyle was arraigned today and is currently being held without bail at the Montgomery County Prison.
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