West Virginia father charged with murder in death of baby

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Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 1:37 PM EST
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A West Virginia father is charged with murder in the death of his infant daughter.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says Jeffrey Hoskins told investigators he strangled his daughter back in October 2018. The baby was six months old at the time.

Officials say Hoskins even showed police how he strangled her by using a teddy bear during a court interview. The sheriff's office says the baby had significant bruising under her chin.

At that time, Hoskins was arrested on a child abuse charge. He later posted bond and then fled the area.

Deputies say due to legal challenges, the baby remained on life support for about 15 months. She died earlier this week.

Investigators say a murder indictment was returned by a special grand jury on Thursday. Hoskins is now facing charges of first degree murder, fatal child abuse and strangulation charges.

The girl, Riana, was deaf and blind due to her injuries and was immediately placed on life support after the attack. She died quickly after being removed from life support this month.

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