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Connecticut Man Charged In Beating Death Of 3-Month-Old Daughter

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Mug shot of Justin Smith. (Credit: Norwalk Police Department)

Mug shot of Justin Smith. (Credit: Norwalk Police Department)

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NORWALK, Conn. (CBS Hartford) — A Connecticut father has been arrested in connection with the beating death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Norwalk police arrested Justin Smith, 28, last Friday for the death of Hailey Pamela Smith in July.

Hailey was originally admitted to Stamford Hospital on July 27 with a serious head injury.

“Due to the severity of the injuries, the victim was transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital,” stated a release provided to CBS Hartford by the Norwalk Police Department. “On July 30 … the victim succumbed to injuries.”

An autopsy was conducted three days after her death. The results, which came in earlier this month, indicated that Hailey had multiple skull fractures.

“The cause of death was determined to be blunt head trauma,” the release said. “(And the) manner (of) death was classified as a homicide.”

Additional investigating revealed that Hailey had also been treated for head injuries on July 2, and in both instances, Smith was looking after her.

Smith now faces charges of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and risk of injury to a minor.

According to the website for the state’s Department of Correction, Smith is presently being held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center on a $750,000 bond.

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