Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dad in court after 2-month-old daughter dies of suffocation (Lexington, Kentucky)

Dad is identified as WILLIAM MCKENZIE.


Lexington father in court after baby dies of suffocation

By: Kristen Kennedy
Updated: Tue 6:15 PM, Nov 12, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington father accused in his 2-month-old daughter's death answered to the charges Tuesday afternoon.

William McKenzie, 30, is charged with manslaughter. Lexington police say Ava Grace McKenzie suffocated from a blanket wrapped around her face.

Appearing in court in a video feed from jail, McKenzie requested a lawyer. He hopes to get out of jail in time to bury his baby.

"I've never been a danger to nobody. I can't make bond. I've got to bury my child right now, ma'am," said McKenzie, "ma'am I need a real attorney. The news done changed this stuff all the way around. All that never happened like that."

The judge did reduce McKenzie's bond to $25,000 full cash. He will be back in court November 21st.

Ava Grace's mother is still trying to raise money to pay for the baby's funeral.