Man accused of killing baby had 'hangover'

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by REBECCA LOPEZ / WFAA and Associated Press

WFAA and Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 10:05 PM

GARLAND, Texas -- A Garland man is facing murder charges in the death of his five-week-old daughter, who was critically injured while home alone with him.

Tommy James White Jr., 20, is charged with capital murder of a person under six years of age in the death of his daughter, Spencer Claire White.

"We believe the baby was crying, and that's why the injuries occurred," said Garland police spokesman Joe Harn.

According to court documents obtained by KVUE's sister station WFAA, White told police the baby was crying, so he picked her up and placed his hand around the back of her neck and squeezed her too tight. He told investigators he was frustrated because he had a hangover and a severe headache.

Spencer Claire White was alone with her father Friday morning for about 30 minutes while the child's mother and her stepfather left to buy a new pacifier. Police said the girl wasn't breathing when the relatives returned.

The infant was transported to Children's Medical Center Dallas and died Friday night. Doctors said the girl suffered multiple injuries.

Last summer, White was arrested for allegedly assaulting another family member in the same home.

Bond was set at $1 million for White, who was being held Monday in the Dallas County Jail.

No information was immediately available on an attorney

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