Autopsy reports reveal the little girl died due to asphyxiation caused by the baby wipe her dad shoved into her mouth.
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of child abuse and death that may be disturbing to readers.
Last year, on November 17, two-month-old Christina Ledoux died due to asphyxiation, reports CBS Pittsburg. The little one was pronounced dead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. At the time, local police ruled her death as a homicide. Autopsy reports confirmed that Christina died after she choked on a baby wipe, allegedly put into her mouth by her father, 38-year-old Christopher Ledoux. It is unclear why he shoved the wipe into his daughter's mouth.
According to WBNS, first responders were called to the residence around 3:45 a.m. for a medical emergency at a home on Wellshire Drive, on the far east side near Interstate 70 and State Route 256. Per Metro, neighbors heard medics perform CPR on the child, but she didn't make it. The child's sibling—who was in the house at the time— was unhurt, but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Father ‘killed 2-month-old daughter by shoving baby wipe into her mouth’ https://t.co/o2sTJ8yYeV— Oxogena News (@oxogenanews) March 30, 2021
"On or about November 17, 2020, at the County of Fairfield, State of Ohio or venue being properly placed there pursuant to §2901.12(H), aforesaid, Christopher Ledoux, unlawfully did recklessly cause the death of C.L. in violation of §2903.041(B) of the Ohio Revised Code," the indictment obtained by Law&Crime reads in relevant part.
On Thursday, March 25, Christopher Ledoex was indicted on one count of reckless homicide by the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas. Hours later, he turned himself in and is currently being held in the Fairfield County Jail.
*UPDATE: 3/26/21-Christina’s father-38yo Christopher LeDoux-was indicted by the Fairfield County Grand Jury on 1 count of Reckless Homicide. LeDoux voluntarily surrendered & is in custody in the Fairfield County Jail. This was the 176th Homicide in Columbus that occurred in 2020. https://t.co/aqtBXb6z4J pic.twitter.com/1wjx8js8uU— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) March 26, 2021
The prosecuting attorney reportedly recommended a $50,000 cash or surety bond or a $5,000 bond along with $25,000 and personal recognizance conditions. The DA also mentioned Ledoux’s prior "'felony drug possession conviction in 2012' as well as his history of drug and/or alcohol addiction 'that could affect court appearances' as the reason behind his tough bail conditions, along with the violence of the alleged crime and that the defendant is charged with a 'victim-oriented offense.'"
An arraignment has been scheduled for March 29 via teleconference. In Ohio, reckless homicide is considered a third-degree felony. The maximum sentence for third-degree felonies in the state is five years in prison.
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