One for the HDD sentence

Johnathan Christopher Klinker, 21, a soldier with the 43rd Area Support Group stationed in Colorado, on Friday, October 13, was home alone for a few hours with his seven week old daughter Nicolette. When she woke up, she was “fussy.” So, he …

… “held Nicolette Klinker with both his hands and then shook her four to five times. When he did that she became non-responsive and he tried to wake her up because he knew something was wrong,” according to the arrest affidavit.

Klinker told the detective he held the girl in his arms and “spun in circles in the living room” and then, with her head in his hand and her back against his arm, he “moved her up and down a couple of times in an upside-down position.”

He said he laid Nicolette on the floor, held her hands and pulled her to a sitting position and let her fall to the ground four to five times, striking her head and back, the affidavit says.

He then said he knew he had messed up “and he had hurt Nicki,” the affidavit says.

The baby suffered visible bruising to her face, brain hemorrhaging, retinal hemorrhaging and seizures. On Tuesday, October 17, she died.

The autopsy should be completed by Thursday. Based on the autopsy results, Klinker could be charged with either first-degree murder or child abuse resulting in death. Klinker remains in custody in El Paso County on $25,000 bond.

DenverPost.com – Carson GI jailed in baby’s shaking injuries | DenverPost.com – Baby dies, abuse suspected | Kate blogs at The Original Musings.

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