NEW ORLEANS – A grand jury has indicted a 21-year-old man accused of killing his two-and-a-half-month-old daughter when she wouldn’t stop crying earlier this year.
District Attorney Leon Cannizaro’s office obtained the indictment of 21-year-old Micah Short for the incident that occurred on May 7.
Police said at the time that Short and his wife took their daughter to the hospital after Short said he accidentally hit the girl’s head on the side of her crib after tripping with her in his arms.
The toddler, who relatives say was named Macayla, died at the hospital from what police are calling “blunt force trauma” to the head.
After being questioned by police again, NOPD says Short admitted to hitting his daughter because she was crying too much inside his grandmother’s home on Fern Street.
Short was previously booked with second-degree cruelty and domestic abuse battery for a March incident with wife. After the coroner ruled the cause of death a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the baby’s head, police additionally booked Short with first-degree murder, according to police.