Dad STEWART FERNANDEZ was "watching" his 7-week-old daughter. It is alleged that during the time he was "watching" her, Dad assaulted the baby. She died as a result of the blunt force trauma injuries four days later.
Upshur County Man Charged in Baby's Death
Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 ; 01:01 PM
Deputies say the child died back in the hospital in December.
Story by Jessika Lewis
BUCKHANNON -- A man in is jail after being arrested in connection with the death of his child.
Upshur County Sheriff's deputies arrested 25-year-old Stewart Fernandez on Monday, and charged him with felony child abuse resulting in death.
The charges stem from an incident on Thursday, December 18, 2008, when Deputy First Class Dewaine Linger says Fernandez was watching his 7-week-old daughter.
Fernandez physically assaulted the little girl, according to Linger, and caused several blunt force injuries that killed the child.
Linger and Lieutenant Mark Davis began their investigation after responding to a call of an unresponsive infant at St. Joseph's Hospital.
The child went to the West Virginia University Children's Hospital from there, where she was on life support for four days until she died on Monday, December 22, 2008, according to the department's press release.
Magistrate Michael Coffman arraigned Fernandez and set his bond at $225,000.
Fernandez is in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.