A man who police said admitted killing his 4-month-old daughter made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Charles Crawford, 24, listened calmly as Magistrate Anita Bechmann informed him of his rights and the aggravated murder charge he faces.
Crawford responded to Bechmann’s questions with quick answers of, “Yes, ma’am.”
Crawford is accused of killing his 4-month-old daughter, Kaylynn, dropping her the Little Miami River before calling police to say that she had been abducted .
Crawford later went on to cooperate with investigators and police said he led them to the girl’s body along Glendale Milford Road near the Kelley Nature Preserve.
In court, a prosecutor said Crawford admitted dropping the girl into the river.
Crawford is charged with aggravated murder, and because the victim is under 13 years old, it qualifies for the death penalty in the state of Ohio.
Kaylynn was the subject of a statewide missing child alert after her father reported her missing.
While the search was going on Sunday night and through the day on Monday, Crawford’s story apparently began to change – from a claim she’s been kidnapped to a confession.
The prosecutor handling the case called the charges horrific.
Kaylynn’s body was recovered along the Little Miami River, now we know rather explicitly how she got there.
Crawford “is alleged to have dropped the child into the Little Miami River and that’s eventually where the four-month old was found,” said Dottie Smith with the Clermont County Prosecutors Office.
Source: WLWT Cincinnati | Andrew Setters