Florida > Man Kills 3-Month Old Daughter

| February 23, 2015

State News

PINELLAS PARK — A Tampa Bay-area man faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his 3-month-old daughter.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Steven Dykes was uncooperative as he was booked into jail Saturday.

According to the sheriff’s office, Dykes tended to his daughter Olivia when she awoke multiple times late Wednesday and early Thursday. As her mother left the house around 6 a.m. Thursday, authorities say Dykes emerged with the unresponsive baby, screaming that she was dead.

Detectives said the baby suffered obvious trauma to her head, face and feet. An autopsy determined she had multiple skull fractures.

The sheriff’s office says Dykes caused the injuries by holding Olivia’s feet while inflicting blunt trauma to her head.

County jail records did not show Sunday whether Dykes had an attorney.

Associated Press

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