Dad, 23, charged with murder in death of baby girl

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Taylor, Mich. A 23-year-old suburban Detroit man has been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of his 6-week-old daughter.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says that Luis M. Smolen of Taylor was arraigned Tuesday in the death of his baby daughter Payton Smolen.

Prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller says Taylor police got a call Saturday morning about a baby not breathing. Miller says Payton had head trauma and other injuries and died that afternoon.

Miller says that Smolen is also charged with child abuse, and he's jailed while awaiting a show-cause hearing scheduled for next Monday.

It wasn't immediately known if Smolen has a lawyer.

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