HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT)- A Huntington father has been charged in the death of his 2-month-old baby girl. Police came to Cedar Run Apartments Sunday morning after reports of an unresponsive 2-month-old. She was then taken to Parkview Huntington Hospital and then airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center.
"It makes me sad. I want to cry, especially with an infant," said Kimberly Maltese.
The infant's father, Kevin N. Tucker is in the Huntington County Jail and is being held on two preliminary felony charges: Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death, and Aggravated Battery Resulting in Death.
"When a real parent does anything to their kids like that, honestly, I think that they should get the same punishment that they did to that kid," said Maltese.
Wednesday, the Allen County Coroner's Office completed the autopsy. Her death was ruled a homicide and cause of death is blunt force trauma.
"They're so adorable, so why would you want to kill a little infant that cant defend for themselves," said Maltese.
People who heard about the incident tell FOX 55 that they're tired of hearing stories about young children dying in the hands of their caretakers.
"It makes me feel horrible. I'm a parent, a grandparent and I just don't understand," said John Schuhmacher.
Schuhmacher says he knows parents can sometimes get overwhelmed with their kids, he says it can be good to take a step back, when that happens.
"You just need to go away or count to 10, or do whatever it takes. "
The investigation is still ongoing.