CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) - A Crestview father faces murder charges
after telling police he threw his 14-month-old daughter across a
kitchen to keep the child from crawling near a pile of trash.
An autopsy found that the child, Nicole Sarvis, died of blunt force trauma to the head on Tuesday night.
Police say the father, Derrick Sarvis, told them he had been sweeping in the kitchen when the baby crawled toward the pile of trash in their Panhandle home. To keep her away, he threw her into an adjacent room.
Investigators reportedly found bruising and other signs indicating the child had been abused for some time. The mother, Crystal Sarvis, faces felony neglect charges for not telling police about the alleged ongoing abuse.
Derrick and Crystal Sarvis are being held in the Okaloosa County Jail.
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