Father Accused Of Killing 3-Week-Old Daughter With Crossbow and Injuring Mom

Photo Credit: Broome County Sheriff's Office

A New York man has been arrested after he allegedly shot his 3-week-old daughter with a crossbow during an argument with his wife early Monday morning, Fox News reported. 

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested Patrick Proefriedt, 26, for the death of his 3-week-old daughter and injuring his wife. According to authorities, Proefriedt got into a verbal dispute with the mother while she was holding the baby early Monday morning. Proefriedt reportedly pulled out a crossbow and aimed it at the woman.

“The broadhead crossbow bolt ‘hit the child in the upper torso, exiting near the armpit’ before hitting the woman in her chest,”

reports reveal. 

The father reportedly tried removing the bolt and begged his wife not to call 911. He quickly fled the scene before police arrived. 

The 3-week-old infant, Eleanor Carey, was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said in the press release per Fox News. The woman was treated at a nearby hospital where she remains in stable condition.

Deputies captured Proefriedt less than a mile away from the crime scene. According to authorities, the suspect has a

“history of domestic incidents with the victim”

and had an

“active Stay Away Order of Protection”

against him. He now faces charges of

“second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and first-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection,”

reports note. 

“This is one of the most heartbreaking and senseless crimes committed in this community in recent memory,”

Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar, told the outlet.

“Our thoughts are with the family of this innocent 3-week-old girl. I commend the quick and decisive action of our Law Enforcement division in responding to this tragedy and ensuring Mr. Proefriedt did not escape justice,”

Akshar said.

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