Saturday, August 26, 2000

Father charged in death of 1-year-old girl

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Westwood man charged in the beating death of his 1-year-old daughter surrendered to police Friday.

Antoine Sanks
        Antoine Sanks, 19, is charged with murder and is awaiting arraignment in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        Police say his daughter, Khyaire Irvin-Sanks, who turned 1 on July 24, was severely beaten while she was in her father's care. Although the little girl lived with her mother, Mr. Sanks was taking care of Khyaire Wednesday night.

        Police began investigating Mr. Sanks after two 911 calls came from his apartment on Westwood-Northern Boulevard that evening. Officials say the first 911 call was about the baby having seizures, but the caller hung up. When the dispatcher called back an answering machine picked up.

        Firefighters responded to a second call at 7:50 p.m. about a child having trouble breathing, according to the police dispatch log. Firefighters called police after arriving, saying they suspected child abuse.

        Police say the baby had bruises on her face and head. She was taken to Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she died.

        “She was severely beaten,” said Lt. Michael Jones, homicide unit commander at the Cincinnati Police Division. “She's a helpless little kid. That's all she is. It shouldn't have happened.”


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