Man charged in death of 5-week-old daughter

February 06, 2010

A man whose 5-week-old daughter died from injuries he allegedly inflicted in their Western Maryland home now faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Prosecutors upgraded an assault charge Thursday against 22-year-old Nicholas McKee of Warfordsburg, Pa. He also is charged with assault and child abuse. McKee was living with daughter Bella Appel and her mother in Hancock when the girl was hurt Jan. 3. She died six days later. A doctor told investigators the injuries were consistent with vigorous shaking. McKee allegedly told an investigator Bella had been wheezing and then stopped breathing. He allegedly said he panicked and tried flipping her on her back and belly, followed by CPR, before calling 911. His lawyer says McKee is not guilty.

- Associated Press

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