RICHMOND, Va. (TCD) -- A 23-year-old man was arrested after his 10-day-old daughter arrived at the hospital with an "unknown injury" and later died.
According to the Richmond Police Department, officers responded to a call at 8:31 p.m. on July 30 at a local hospital regarding a newborn. Detectives reportedly determined the girl was injured at her residence on the 200 block of North 4th Street. She passed away August 10.
Detectives from the Richmond Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Matthew Sebolka on August 23. Sebolka, the girl’s father, was charged with abuse and neglect of a child, the statement said.
WTVR-TV reports Sebolka allegedly told police his daughter was sitting in her car seat and he left for a moment to go to the bathroom. When he returned, he allegedly saw the family’s cat on the child’s neck. According to WTVR, Sebolka called the child’s mother, who allegedly saw the girl had a rash and puffy eyes. She then allegedly took her daughter to the hospital.
According to WTVR, the baby allegedly had bruising on the side of her head, skull fractures, and indications of possible suffocation.