Monday, February 18, 2013

Dad charged in murder of 5-week-old daughter (Garland, Texas)

Dad is identified as TOMMY JAMES WHITE, JR.

Garland father charged with murder of infant daughter

Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:46 PM EST
Updated: Feb 18, 2013 1:52 PM EST

GARLAND - A Garland father is charged with capital murder for the death of his infant daughter.

Tommy James White, Jr. is in the Dallas County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Police and EMS crews were called out to the family's home in the 1300 block of Elmhurst Drive early Friday morning. When officers arrived, police said CPR was being performed on 5-week-old Spencer Claire White. The child was rushed to Baylor Medical Center in Garland before being flown by helicopter to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

The child died Friday evening from what police described as multiple injuries.

Police have not provided details yet on the exact cause death. Police said White was alone with the child during the time she suffered her injuries. Police said other families went to a store to buy a new pacifier, and when they returned Spencer was unconscious and not breathing.

Under state law, the murder charge in this case is a capital offense because the victim was under six years of age.

The family of Spencer Claire White is currently making funeral arrangements.