Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dad indicted for murder in suffocation death of 6-month-old daughter (Cleveland, Ohio)

Dad is identified as MICHAEL BEARD.


Cleveland father charged with murder, assault in suffocation death of 6-month-old daughter

By: Mike Waterhouse, newsnet5.com

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man has been indicted in connection with the suffocation death of his infant daughter.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said a grand jury indicted 27-year-old Michael Beard Friday on murder, felonious assault, endangering children charges.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said 6-month-old Lynniah Beard was unresponsive when she was taken to Lakewood Hospital on May 8, 2011. The child died more than a month later of asphyxia by suffocation.

The ME’s office ruled Lynniah’s death a homicide in January.

The indictment alleges Michael Beard “did recklessly create a substantial risk to the health or safety” of the child.

Michael Beard is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges June 11 at 8:30 a.m.