Bronx Man Accused Of Killing 8-Week-Old Daughter

NEW YORK (AP) — A man was arrested and charged in the beating death of his 8-week-old daughter at their Bronx apartment, authorities said.

Demi Gray’s death was ruled a homicide, and the medical examiner’s office said she died from blunt force trauma. The girl had bruises on her abdomen, back and face, prosecutors said.

Her 21-year-old father, Gregory Gray, was charged with manslaughter and held without bail after a court hearing Friday.

Gray gave conflicting statements to investigators about what happened, prosecutors said during the hearing. They say he told investigators he dropped the girl on a metal chair, rolled over her and had possibly held her too tight.

Gray’s uncle, Hopeton Thomas, told reporters that his nephew is a “loving kid.”

“Usually he’s on the block with the child, you know, showing the kid off. This is kind of — it’s sad, real sad,” he said.

Gray was alone with his daughter at their Morris Heights apartment when she was injured Nov. 3, police said.

Demi died at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, where she was transported after her father called 911 to report she had stopped breathing.

Gray is due back in court on Nov. 10.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • fabes

    the sad reality is they treat their pit bulls with more TLC than their newborns. a bit of warped logic i tell you…

    • Josel

      I Personally Know Him..He’s Not A Bad Person…He Jus Made Ah Bad Decision..Everybody Makes Mistakes…&’ You Are No One To Be Passing Judgement On Anybody Else.

  • jeff


    • Nemesis xyz

      Dump his sorry arse into Jupiter, or exile him to the Moon to do physical labor.

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  • Cynthia Buhain

    Give him the death penalty – beat him to death too.

  • joe

    You want justice, put this piece of $hhiit in general population on Rikers Island, no protective custody.

  • knowmsayin

    They don’t like baby killers in jail. I can’t wait until he’s dead. They’ll get him within a year, reach down his disgusting throat and rip his heart out and eat it for breakfast.

  • boop35

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    Toddler murder suspect given supervised release
    StoryDiscussionToddler murder suspect given supervised release
    Brian Wellner The Quad-City Times | Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 12:30 pm | (73) Comments

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    Contributed photo Zachary Connell is charged in the death of 3-year-old Addison Baldwin. .
    ..Murder suspect Zachary Connell was released on supervision from the Scott County Jail after a court hearing Friday afternoon.

    The 20-year-old Davenport Iowa man faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 3-year-old Addison Baldwin. He also is charged with child endangerment resulting in death. An autopsy showed the child died from blunt force trauma.

    As conditions of his release, Connell will stay at his parents’ Davenport home and cannot leave Scott County. He also will wear a GPS tracking device and cannot contact the child’s mother, Vanessa Baldwin.

    He was released on $50,000 cash bond, pending his trial.

    Davenport police arrested Connell a week ago. He was Addison’s caretaker on Oct. 12 when he took the toddler to Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport, police said. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

    Vanessa Baldwin, who lived with Connell in his apartment, was at work at the time.

    At the hearing Friday, Scott Brown of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, who is prosecuting the case, said Connell is a threat to Vanessa Baldwin and should not be released from jail.

    Davenport Police Detective Brandon Noonan, who interviewed Baldwin twice, testified that Connell had a pattern of violent behavior against her prior to the child’s death. He said Connell struck Baldwin on two occasions since June, when she moved in with him, and had threatened to kill her over a financial matter.

    Noonan testified about the sexual relationship between Baldwin and Connell, saying, “It was on demand, his demand. It can be rough and without emotion.”

    Connell also attempted suicide twice prior to Addison’s death, Noonan testified.

    “Zachary Connell represents a significant threat to Vanessa Baldwin if he’s released,” Brown said.

    But Connell’s attorney, Murray Bell, said the release of his client was appropriate.

    “We are satisfied the court properly applied the law on the issues before the court today,” Bell said after the hearing.

    Baldwin has filed a domestic abuse protective order against Connell. In it, she claims Connell is “controlling,” according to testimony at the hearing.

    Baldwin’s attorney, Cheryl Fullenkamp, was at the hearing and declined to comment afterward.

    Baldwin and Connell met in military boot camp in Montana, according to testimony. Baldwin was undergoing military police training. Connell was deployed earlier this year to Italy with the National Guard.

    They have had a relationship over three years, according to testimony.

    Addison was born Aug. 6, 2007, to Baldwin and Nicholas Dyer in Missoula, Mont. Baldwin and Dyer were married until their divorce March 9, 2009, in Missoula, records show.

    Baldwin lived briefly with Connell in Montana until his deployment in April. She moved into his Davenport apartment with Addison and her 4-year-old daughter, Rhiana Baldwin, in June.

    Noonan testified that Baldwin has family in Montana and Texas but has no “support system” in Davenport.

    The defendant’s father, James Connell, testified at the hearing about the relationship between Baldwin and Connell. He said Baldwin would sometimes visit his house “without Zach” to do laundry and once told him about Zachary Connell’s anger issues.

    “She was crying, upset about something Zach did or said,” James Connell testified. He said he offered to talk to his son but Baldwin told him not to.

    “I’m his dad, but they’re adults,” James Connell said.

    He knew of no incidents of physical abuse and said he never feared for the safety of Baldwin or her children.

    “I don’t know him as a violent person,” James Connell said of his son.

    James Connell is a member of the Scott County Sheriff’s Reserves and a bailiff at the Scott County Courthouse. Scott County Attorney Mike Walton has said he wants to avoid a conflict of interest with his office and handed prosecution of the case to the attorney general’s office.

    According to further testimony at Friday’s hearing, Connell checked himself into the mental health ward at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport, on the night of Oct. 12. He was there for two days until the hospital released him to his father. He stayed at his parents’ home until his arrest.

    Judge Marsha Bergan, who normally works in another judicial district, ordered Connell’s release from jail Friday morning. She was brought in specifically to preside over the case.

    First-degree murder is a Class A felony that carries a mandatory life in prison sentence upon conviction. An Iowa Department of Corrections official said giving supervised release to Class A felony suspects prior to trial is rare.

    “In the last 10 years, we might have had five,” said Jim Wayne, regional director for the 7th Judicial District. “It’s not very common, but it does occur.”

    Wayne said the decision to keep Class A felony suspects in jail depends not so much on the charge but more on their flight risk and whether they might harm themselves or others.

    Connell currently is the only murder suspect on supervised release in the 7th Judicial District, Wayne said.

    Copyright 2010 The Quad-City Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    .Posted in Crime-and-courts on Friday, November 5, 2010 12:30 pm Updated: 6:26 am. | Tags: Zachary Connell, Scott County Jail, Addison Baldwin, Vanessa Baldwin,

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  • Nick

    Yeah right….how can he be a loving kid if he beat his daughter to death….

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