Clarksville, TN – A baby girl was raped and strangled at a Clarksville residence on Tuesday morning, police say.
Authorities have arrested the 9-month-old baby’s father, Christopher Paul Conway, 22, on charges of Homicide and Aggravated Rape of a Child, Clarksville Online reported.
Clarksville Police spokesman Jim Knoll said that at 7:19 am on Tuesday, officers responded to a 911 medical call. The caller reported that CPR was being performed on a child.
When emergency personnel arrived, the infant was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8 am, the Leaf-Chronicle said.
Homicide detectives learned that the baby had been sexually assaulted. She died after a cord was wrapped around her neck, strangling her.
Conway confessed to the rape and murder of his daughter during an interview with investigators, and was arrested at approximately 4:20 am on Wednesday.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
According to Department of Children Services spokesman Rob Johnson, the victim’s twin sister was placed into foster care as a result of the girl’s murder, the Leaf-Chronicle reported.
Johnson said he does not believe the family has a history of prior contact with the Department of Children Services.
According to Conway’s Facebook page, he is a married Army combat medic and the father of twin girls.
He listed the U.S. Army as his employer on police records, the Leaf-Chronicle said.
Conway was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges of Homicide and Aggravated Rape of a Child.
His bond has been set at $100,000 for the count of rape.
Because Conway could face the death penalty for killing his daughter, the court denied bond on the count of homicide, the Leaf-Chronicle said.
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