Friday, July 16, 2010

Dad charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of 4-month-old daughter; "did not live" with baby's mom (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

Dad SEAN MICHAEL SUMMERS has been charged with 2nd-degree murder in connection with the death of his 4-month-old daughter. Note that Daddy doesn't live with the mother of this baby. So did the baby's death occur during court-ordered visitation or what? That's not made clear here. But at any rate, it does raise the question of whether it is wise to send infants off to stay with unmarried teenage fathers. Generally speaking, it's not. This demographic group is at high risk for committing child abuse, and generally has very little to no experience taking care of babies. Plus, few guys this age seem to be temperamentally suited to dealing with the demands of crying infants. Too often, the daddies get "frustrated" and go off on the babies--often with fatal results.

Accused in baby death faces second-degree murder charge

July 16, 2010
Record staff

KITCHENER — A Cambridge father has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his infant daughter.

Sean Michael Summers, 19, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge on July 10, a day after his four-month-old daughter was taken to Cambridge Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Kayleigh Ingram-Summers was transferred to Hamilton General Hospital, where she died July 12.

Police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel said the new charges are a result of a lengthy police investigation and preliminary autopsy results.

Summers is now charged with second-degree murder, and two counts of assault. One of the assault charges relate to a previously unreported incident involving the child.

The other relates to a report made involving an adult.

Summers appeared briefly in a Kitchener courtroom Friday morning. His case was adjourned until late July.

Family members were present in the courtroom.

Heinzel said investigators, including members of the homicide team and Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region, are continuing to look into the circumstances that led to the death of the baby.

Police have said the baby’s parents do not live together.