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NLV dad charged with murder in baby's abuse death

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Joshua Chinn was arrested on Sept. 12, 2013, about six months after the death of his two-month-old daughter. (North Las Vegas PD) Joshua Chinn was arrested on Sept. 12, 2013, about six months after the death of his two-month-old daughter. (North Las Vegas PD)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

North Las Vegas police announced the arrest of a 19-year-old man accused in the abuse death of his 2-month-old daughter earlier this year.

Joshua Chinn was arrested on Sept. 12 after a six-month investigation into his child's death, NLV police said Thursday.

According to police, the child was rushed by ambulance from her home in the 3600 block of Turquoise Waters Avenue to University Medical Center on March 12 with multiple internal injuries.

The girl's father reportedly was checking on the infant in her crib when he found her struggling to breathe, police initially learned. The child died three days later at the hospital.

The child's death prompted an investigation, which included medical evidence that suggested the child was shaken violently and had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and torso, police said. They said doctors found bruises and possible bite marks on the infant's body.

Chinn and the baby's mother, Jessica Isaac, told doctors and police they didn't know how their daughter received the injuries. Police say Chinn later admitted to slapping the child and nibbling her stomach, but said he was only playing around with her.

According to detectives, the evidence was inconsistent with statements given by the parents.

In addition, the Clark County Coroner's Office ruled the infant's death was caused by acts of physical abuse as a result of a homicide.

Citing witnesses, police also said the suspect was acting aggressively towards the baby in the weeks leading to the girl's death, including one alleged incident in which Chinn bit the infant on the stomach.

Detectives believe Chinn was the last person alone with the child before she was rushed to UMC.

Chinn was charged with a count of murder.

"He didn't strike me as a person to be biting or slapping a young baby," said Foster Cagle, who lives next door to Chinn. "My condolences go out to the family. It's very surprising they charged him with murder," said Cagle, who believes his neighbor is innocent.

Police say more charges and arrests could be on the way as their investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call North Las Vegas Police.

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