Two-month-old Christina died due to asphyxiation. The little one was pronounced dead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 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. It is unclear why he shoved the wipe into his daughter’s mouth.
First responders were called to the residence for a medical emergency at a home on Wellshire Drive, on the far east side near Interstate 70 and State Route 256. 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.
On Thursday, 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. The maximum sentence for third-degree felonies in the state is five years in prison.
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.’