Detroit father arraigned in daughter's death
A Detroit man has been arraigned in the February death of his 2-year-old daughter, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.
Thomas Smith had initially been charged in connection with the Feb. 11 incident at their home on the 14000 block of Corbett.
Police were called there after Smith reported finding the girl lying at the bottom of the stairs, investigators said.
Medics transported the toddler to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide resulting from abusive head trauma and blunt force chest trauma, authorities said in a statement Wednesday.
County authorities allege Smith caused his daughter’s death, according to the release.
He was arraigned Tuesday in 36th District Court on charges of felony murder, torture, first-degree child abuse and second-degree child abuse.
The 39-year-old was remanded to the Wayne County Jail. A probable cause conference is scheduled for June 15.