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Man charged in daughter's death

Queondrai Leondarus Farris (Milwaukee County Jail)
Queondrai Leondarus Farris (Milwaukee County Jail)
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GREEN BAY - A Green Bay father has been arrested for the death of his infant daughter.Police say the baby died in June of suffocation.On June 25, paramedics and police were called to this house on University Avenue. The call: a four- month-old baby girl who wasn't breathing.“The rescue squad started CPR right away, and transported her to the hospital as officers investigated. Unfortunately this young child died. Through our investigation, we made an arrest over the weekend,” said Lt. Jeff Brester at a Monday afternoon media conference.Green Bay police detectives arrested 20-year-old Queondrai Farris in Milwaukee on Friday. Farris is held on charges of first-degree reckless homicide and physical abuse of a child.“The cause of death was manual suffocation, and that manner of death was considered a homicide,” said Brester.According to the criminal complaint, the baby had rib fractures that were "highly associated with abuse," as well as "extensive bruising to both sides of the scalp."During police questioning, Farris said he "could not take" his daughter's crying. Police say Farris told detectives he “covered her face by holding her in his arms and holding her face into his chest and shirt." Farris said "she finally stopped," before he laid her down in her crib. He told officers he thought she was still alive.Police say they took several months to make an arrest in this case because they wanted to make sure they had the details of the child's death from the autopsy.“We wait for autopsy reports, toxicology reports, other medical exams. We conferred with a specialist at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee. So, it's not where you would see on TV where it's solved in an hour. With a case of this magnitude where a child died, and in our opinion something didn't seem right, it seemed suspicious, so we wanted to make sure we got it right,” said Brester.Farris has been held in Milwaukee. He will be transported to Brown County to be formally charged.Police say Farris has no prior record of child abuse. Detectives say the baby's mother has been cooperating with the investigation.
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