Father Arrested For The Death Of His 1-Year-Old Daughter After Giving Her A Forceful ‘Bear Hug’ That Resulted In Dislocated Neck Ligaments, Police Say

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A 28-year-old Indiana father has been arrested for the murder of his 1-year-old daughter, Law&Crime reported. 

Damian Milton was taken into custody on Monday after an examination revealed severe injuries to his daughter, Amaya Milton. She had torn ligaments in her neck and a swollen brain due to lack of oxygen, doctors said. Milton has been charged with battery resulting in the death of a person under 14, a level 1 felony.

Milton called 911 on July 31, reporting his daughter’s difficulty breathing. Doctors at the Riley Hospital for Children quickly realized her injuries were life-threatening and contacted the police. Amaya was admitted to the intensive care unit with severe brain swelling and neck ligament injuries. She also had visible scratches on her face, reports reveal. 

Amaya’s mother was reportedly at her workplace on the day when her daughter suffered the fatal injuries, according to the outlet. 

During questioning, Milton initially claimed Amaya had fallen and hit her head on the carpet. However, in a second interview, he admitted to being

“mildly aggressive”

with her at times. He confessed that he had forcefully pulled her by the arm, giving her a bear hug with her face pressed into his chest while squeezing her neck.

Amaya tragically succumbed to her injuries on August 6 after spending six days in the ICU. The hospital’s Child Protection Team determined that her injuries were likely caused by violent shaking. Milton is currently in custody on an $80,000 bond, awaiting formal charges. The exact cause of Amaya’s death has not been disclosed by authorities.

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