Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dad charged with felony murder in shaking death of 6-week-old daughter (Centerville, Georgia)

Dad ANDRE S. MARTIN has been charged with felony murder, aggravated battery, and cruelty to children in the shaking death of his 6-week-old daughter.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
Centerville father charged with murder in death of infant daughter

WARNER ROBINS — A Centerville man has been charged with felony murder in the shaking death of his 6-week-old daughter, police said.

Andre S. Martin, 29, also was charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children in the Nov. 16 incident, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jerry Stewart. Felony murder is when someone dies in the commission of felony, which in this case was the alleged aggravated assault.

Martin told authorities that he had put the infant down on her back in the baby bed of their Scarborough Road home, but found the baby on her stomach face down when he came back to check on her, Stewart said.

Martin also told authorities he thought the infant suffocated and shook her some in an attempt to revive her, Stewart said.

Martin called 911, Stewart said.

The baby was taken to The Children’s Hospital in Macon, and hospital representatives contacted authorities, Stewart said.

An autopsy performed the next day showed that the cause of death was trauma to the brain from the baby having been shaken, Stewart said.

Martin turned himself into authorities Monday, the same day warrants were signed for his arrest in connection to the baby’s death, Stewart said.

Christine Cruse, a Warner Robins attorney representing Martin, declined comment through her office staff.

Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Keel Broom is investigating the death, Stewart said.

Martin was being held in the Houston County jail.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.