The fact that this baby had evidence of healing injuries suggests that this wasn't the first time that meth-smoking dad JUSTIN FORSGREN abused his infant daughter. Mom had left him alone with the baby for only 20 minutes....
But every child needs their father, right? RIGHT?
Father Charged with Death of Infant Daughter
Posted: Feb 27, 2012 3:43 PM CST
Updated: Feb 28, 2012 12:33 AM CST
By Aaron Drawhorn, Reporter
LAS VEGAS -- A father is accused of murdering his own child. Police say Justin Forsgren abused his three-month-old little girl, causing the helpless victim to die.
He claims he was holding his baby daughter, heard the phone ring, and accidentally dropped her. Police don't buy Forsgren's story. Detectives believe he caused three-year-old Rayea Forsgren to die, and that it was no accident.
Kimberly Rodriguez knows the family and says her heart is with Rayea and the baby's mother Karen Marshall.
"When I was there, he was changing the baby, feeding the baby, and everything, you know, just being gentle and everything," Rodriguez said.
Marshall told investigators she left her boyfriend Justin Forsgren to babysit Rayea for 20 minutes Thursday night at their home at the Shelter Island Apartments. She returned to find Forsgren performing CPR on the infant, who was in grave condition. Rayea died the next day.
"I knew Karen. She was the sweetest woman in the world. She would never have hurt that baby. She would never hurt that baby. Him, it's a different story," Rodriguez said.
Court documents reveal a pattern of trouble. Rayea had nine injuries that included fractures, old bruises and a brain injury. A doctor at Sunrise Hospital found Rayea had been violently shaken and abused.
"How can any parent shake their child or move your child the wrong way or anything?" Rodriguez said. "They're fragile. They're too fragile."
Forsgren told police he smoked meth the day before babysitting, but says he did not have any the day of the incident.
"Sometimes, he'd be shaky and stuff, and you could kind of tell," Rodriguez said.
"This story today has touched my heart, and I'm sad," concerned resident Michael Degen said.
As strangers mourn, so does Rodriguez who hopes Forsgren pays for this tragic killing.
"J., if you can see me and listen to me, I hope they throw you up underneath the jail," she said.
Marshall, who has not been charged, is said to be taking this death very hard. Forsgren is charged with one count of murder by child abuse and two counts of child abuse and neglect. He remains jailed, and is due in court Wednesday morning.