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Man high on fentanyl passes out on 4-month-old daughter, killing her, police say

man high on fentanyl passes out on  year old daughter killing her
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Jul. 21 2021, Published 10:33 a.m. ET

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A 38-year-old Tennessee man got high on Fentanyl, passed out, landed on his 4-month-old daughter and now police say he has been charged in connection to her murder.

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On April 3, officers were dispatched to a motel in regards to an unresponsive man and infant, according to Lebanon, Tennessee police.

Once at the scene, police said they found an unresponsive infant and a responsive but disoriented man, identified as Jesse Wayne Craddock, 38.

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Medical personnel administered CPR to the infant and both were taken to Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead, according to police.

Craddock was treated and placed in police custody. He was found to be in possession of suspected narcotics, authorities said.


Investigators found out the infant child was Craddock's daughter and she was left in his care while the mother was at work, according to police.

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An autopsy on the infant revealed she died from asphyxiation, police said.

Police determined Craddock fell on top of the child while under the influence of Fentanyl and remained on top of her as she died.

Craddock was indicted by a grand jury and charged with felony first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse/neglect and possession of Fentanyl, police said.

He is being held in the Wilson County Jail and also faces charges of a probation violation, officials said.


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