U.S. Army medic charged with rape and murder of his 9-month-old daughter
A United States Army combat medic was charged in the rape and strangling death of one of his 9-month-old twin daughters, according to local media reports.
Authorities were called to a home in Clarksville, Tennessee, early on Wednesday morning to assist a family that was administering CPR to an unresponsive baby girl, according to the Leaf Chronicle.
Police spokesperson Jim Knoll said in a statement that the infant was taken to Tennova Health Care where she was pronounced dead with injuries consistent with rape.
Homicide detectives accused Christopher Conway, 22, of sexually assaulting the 9-month-old infant and wrapping a cord around her neck, causing her to die of strangulation.
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According to police, Conway admitted to both raping and murdering the child during an interview with detectives.
He was booked into the Montgomery County jail on a $100,000 bond over the rape charge but denied bond on the homicide charge by Judge Ray Grimes, who stated that this could be a death penalty case.
His first court appearance is set to be on Nov. 21 at 1:30 pm.
Conway and his wife Emily, who have been married for three years, welcomed their twin daughters in February 2017.
The surviving twin has been removed from the family's home and is currently in state custody.