A New Jersey police officer and his wife have both been indicted for the death of their three-month-old baby last year.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday that Daniel Bannister faces a first-degree murder charge after a months-long investigation into the killing of his daughter, Hailey.
The Ewing Township police officer’s wife, Catherine, has also been indicted on one count of second-degree heedless manslaughter.
The police officer and his partner are accused of repeatedly abusing their infant daughter throughout her short life.
Court documents reportedly claim that Officer Bannister was responsible for injuries Hailey suffered from early October until Dec. 5, 2018 – the day Catherine Bannister called 911 to report their daughter was having trouble breathing.
“Medical personnel determined Hailey suffered a fractured skull, brain bleed, and had multiple fractured ribs.”
The three-month-old died just six days later from her injuries.
The couple was eventually charged with causing the child’s brutal death in July of 2019.
Both parents were also indicted on a single count of endangering the welfare of a child.