A DAD accused of murdering his baby daughter has allegedly shown police how he did it using a teddy bear.
Jeffrey Hoskins reportedly demonstrated to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office how he throttled the baby girl in his home in Ripley, West Virginia.
The baby was only six months old at the time of the October incident, WSAV reports.
Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger said: “The child had significant bruising under her chin, on her arms and legs.
“Upon finally speaking with Mr Hoskins, he had confessed to the strangulation of the child in which she has died from those injuries.”
Hoskins initially told police the baby choked while eating.
Mellinger explained to WV Metro News: “In a subsequent interview with the suspect, the child’s father Jeffrey Hoskins, he confessed to not only strangling the child but attempting on four previous occasions to smother the child.
“Through the medical testing at the hospital, along with the medical opinion of the doctors there, and combined with Mr Hoskins confession itself, suggests that there were multiple occasions prior to this one here where the baby was smothered and/or assaulted by the same father.”
The baby stayed on life support for 15 months because of legal challenges, but died earlier in the week.
A grand jury granted a murder indictment for Hoskins on Thursday.
Hoskins was found hiding in a home in Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, where he hails from.
At the time of the alleged attack, he was living at the home with a woman who was believed to be his wife.
She is not facing charges at the time but authorities say further charges could be pending.
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