UPDATE (3/18/19) During a preliminary hearing Monday, Cameron Willingham, a man accused of killing his girlfriends 4-month-old baby, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony child abuse homicide.
The judge accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for April 25 at 3 p.m. in Provo.
PROVO (News4Utah)- A man is behind bars after a 4-month-old baby died in Provo.
Police say Cameron Willingham, 23, is being held on suspicion of Child Abuse homicide. Willingham is the boyfriend of the baby’s mother, they say.
Monday night Provo police say they responded to reports that the child, identified as Nevaeh King, was not breathing. She was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital by Life Flight, but died Wednesday morning.
They say King had serious neck and head injuries as well as hemorrhaging in her abdomen.
“The injuries were apparent, there was head trauma,” said Sgt. Nisha King with Provo Police. “Through the autopsy it was found she had serious head and neck injuries as well as abdominal injuries.”
Police said Willingham was the only one taking care of the baby Monday afternoon and was the person who called 911.
In a probable cause statement filed by police Willingham admitted to “tossing” the baby onto the bed….
He told police the baby was “freaking out” and gave her a bottle. He said he gave her bottle to stop her behavior. But police claimed the bottle “contained dried up formula and mold as if old and not applied as stated by Cameron.”
The baby’s mother didn’t want to appear on camera but defended him saying “he didn’t do this. He’s not like that.”
News4Utah found her website where she appeared angry with people who had posted on her page. She again told those people that Willingham was innocent and not to judge him from his past.
In Washington county, Willingham was convicted for assualting his then girlfriend.
According to charging documents the “victim was pregnant and defendant had knowledge of pregnancy.”
NewsUtah contacted the mother of the victim in St. George. She said her daughter did not want to relive what happened.
“What a tragedy for the family, for all the family members,” said Sgt. King.
Willingham remains in the Utah county jail on outstanding warrants from Washington county.
But prosecutors in Utah County plan to file child homicide charges in the coming days.