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Father charged with abuse following baby's death

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Zachary Rich (Source: LVMPD) Zachary Rich (Source: LVMPD)

A four-month-old child is dead, and police believe the child's 25-year-old father is responsible.

Las Vegas Metro police on Wednesday released Zachary Rich's arrest report.

According to the report, officers responded to the home Rich shared with the child's mother, Cassandra Kierstead, and a roommate, located near Tropicana Avenue and Buffalo Drive, about 7:20 a.m. on March 27.

Police said the child, whom the family has identified as Draven on Facebook, had been left in Rich's care the night before. Kierstead had gone out drinking with a friend, the report stated.

Police said that during the night, the baby suffered two medical episodes in which he was not breathing, was unresponsive and his lips turned blue.

The report said Rich did not call for medical help during the first episode and was slow to do so following the second.

Doctors who treated Draven at Sunrise Hospital said he had a partial skull fracture and a hemorrhage between the halves of the brain. They concluded the child had been shaken or slammed against a hard surface.

The child died about a month later.

Clark County Child Protective Services reported Rich had been investigated a few weeks prior for drugs in the household. Rich told police he had used marijuana and methamphetamine recently.

Rich is facing charges of child abuse, neglect or endangerment with substantial bodily harm. He is next scheduled to appear in court on May 12.

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