Walker man arrested in death of infant daughter
POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 5:05pm
Walker, LA (NBC33) — Walker Police arrested Franklin D. Finney, 23, of Amsterdam New York, on Wednesday evening in connection with the death of his four-week-old infant daughter. Finney had been living in Walker since 2012.
The arrest comes three weeks after the baby’s mother, Kayla Depoy, 22, of Walker, found the child unresponsive in her crib at a home in Walker where Finney and Depoy were living.
Emergency responders tried to revive the baby at the home, then took her to a local hospital, where she was listed in critical condition and placed on life support.
Once the child was admitted, medical personnel conducted tests to determine why she had stopped breathing. No signs of trauma or wrongdoing could be found, and there was no diagnosis of a medical condition that could explain her condition.
Because of the circumstances, officials called in the Office of Child Services to assist with the case. OCS caseworkers interviewed Depoy and Finney at the hospital.
On May 10, hospital officials and OCS called Walker Police after Depoy and another family member expressed concern that Finney may have caused the infant’s condition.
According to information provided to investigators, Finney had previously been seen placing his hand over the baby’s mouth when she was crying.
Depoy gave a statement to Walker Police explaining her concerns about Finney’s possible involvement in the child’s death.
Over a period of three weeks, the infant’s condition worsened, and a decision was made to discontinue life support on Tuesday, May 13.
On Wednesday, Walker Police spoke with Finney about the initial medical emergency and following death.
Police say Finney initially denied any action that could have caused harm to the infant. However, Finney eventually told detectives that while attempting to put the baby down for a nap, he became frustrated because the child kept crying.
Finney said he placed his hand over the baby’s mouth to stop her from crying. He said he did not realize the baby was no longer breathing until the mother found her.
Finny has been charged with manslaughter. He was arrested and taken to the Livingston Parish Detention Center, where’s he being held on a $75,000.00.
The incident remains under investigation.