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Cops: Dad killed 3-month-old girl because he was ‘frustrated’ she wouldn’t stop crying

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KITSAP COUNTY — A 20-year-old man is in police custody for allegedly killing his 3-month-old daughter by shaking and dropping her after he grew upset at her crying, sheriff’s deputies said.

According to Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies, the young mother and father were staying with someone Friday at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor when the mother traveled to Seattle for an event, leaving the young dad home alone with the baby.

The suspect allegedly admitted to growing “frustrated” at the baby while he was watching her because she wouldn’t stop crying. He told detectives he held the baby by the arms and shook her very hard, and even struck her in the forehead, sheriff’s deputies said.

The father also allegedly told detectives he was holding the baby while walking and she fell from his shoulders to the ground, hitting very hard. The baby was unresponsive after hitting the ground, the suspect allegedly told police, and after an hour and a half he went to the neighbor for some help.

Emergency workers were called to the home and transported the baby to the Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale Friday night. The baby was later transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

The infant died of of her injuries Sunday.

The suspect was arrested Saturday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree child assault. Those charges were amended to second-degree murder after the child died.

The suspect is being held in Kitsap County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail. He was expected to make his first court appearance Monday.





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  • Marg

    Males should never be left alone with vulnerable people – no babies, children, disabled, elderly. And, frankly, keep them away from women, too. Thanks.

    • dolly

      So much hate marg. It’s not only men who do these things. Woman have been proven to do the same. I’m so sorry that you allowed a man to turn you into a bitter person. May you find peace.

  • Peggy

    breaks my heart…why..just WHY didn’t he go to the neighbors at the first sign of being frustrated and seek help from someone with that innocent precious baby… RIP sweet angel.

  • Like it or not

    Ok there needs to be a law in place where if you are under 25 and have a baby especially first time parent you are given 3-6 month classes in your home where someone comes in and assist you in learning how to deal with your newborn….

    • Chad Baker

      What a horrible accident. Babies can be exhausting for parents of any age. Maybe they could put a hotline number on a baby bracelet for parents/caregivers to call when the baby won’t stop crying. They could put them on at the hospital, adjust them at the well child checks, remove them at the two year check.

      • Michelle

        Thats actually a good idea!!! Maybe a bit extreme making the child wear it. I say make the parents wear it. I have a child and when he was a baby and wouldnt stop crying I put him in his crib and stepped outside like most sane people do. This is disgusting

    • Amanda

      Really? So because I was 18 when I had my daughte ri should have had someone come in to my home and tell me how to parent? When I did and am doing better then parents I know who are older. And how could you put an age on that anyway? A first time parent will always be a first time parent.

  • tired worker

    My daughter had night terrors when a baby. She would cry sometimes for an hour or more and I would just walk her and talk to her. Yes it can be frustrating but never did I think to shake her or hit her.

    • 03sv1g

      Night terrors suck. My son is 8 now and has them on a regular basis. He sleep walks, screams and cries like he’s absolutely horrified of something, pees in places he shouldn’t and has tried to walk out the front door once in the middle of the night! Other times he says and does some things that are absolutely hilarious though. My wife and I have to be very alert and go to him if we hear him up at night. The average person wouldn’t be able to tell that he’s not actually awake but we’ve learned how to tell whether he’s really “with us” or not.

  • Eddie Monaghan

    WHAT in the HECK is going on!!??? One mother leaves her child asleep in a trailer and leaves a hot plate (or whatever it was) on for heat and just LEFT it! Burned her baby up for “Cake”. Probably meth. Another mother in Oregon throws her 6 year old off a bridge? You know, I have an ADHD 7 year old who frustrates the heck out of me, you know what I do? I LOVE HIM! I say my piece about his behavior, if needed, and I give him a hug because I want him to know I love him. And now this one…. AND the stupid chemical bottle bomb in that school parking lot…. What stupid and EVIL people we have!!!

  • 03sv1g

    When my son was a baby, he cried until I wanted to blow my own brains out but the thought of hurting him never crossed my mind. I can’t imagine how anyone could hurt their own child. Sickening…

  • MissDenver

    When my daughter was an infant she cried constantly and I got very little sleep. Her father never got up with her. One night I felt like I was close to losing it. The feeling scared me. I woke up her father and told him I HAD to get out of the house. I drove to an all night diner and had some tea and a piece of pie. By the time I got back home I was fine. And it never happened again. Even if there’s nobody to leave an infant with, they’re safer left alone while you go for a walk to cool down than they are if you go ballistic.

  • steve laughlin

    I’d kill him if given the chance,and be glad to do the time,that poor little girl didnt deserve that and I’m shaking with anger and racking my brain at a way to get at him.maybe I’ll accidently end up in the Kitsap jail this weekend.wink wink

  • Crissty

    Oh my god. I just had my baby in May, when I came across this story I cried. How can some one be so heartless as to thrash a three month old baby around? Don’t you know that if you pick up your baby and console her that she would stop crying? And if you can’t handle it, walk away and count to 10, 100 even! Take a deep breath and deal with it. Not all men are monsters. So to generalize that all men are monsters and shouldn’t be left alone with the vulnerable, well that’s a monstrous lie. This bastard clearly needed help. And that’s what I don’t get, why don’t people use the resources afforded to them and take the time to take a parenting class??? If you don’t know a thing about parenting and dealing with a screaming, grumpy, baby, then take a GD class! And if those classes don’t help, what the EF are you doin’ being a parent anyway?! I hope this monster burns for his actions. I hope the mother feels guilt and is careful with who she procreates. But nothing can bring back her dead baby. Come on people, get a grip, get some help. Go to your local resource center and seek help before killing ever becomes an option, which it should NEVER EVER BE!!!