by: Greg Suskin Updated:
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A 7-week-old baby girl died and Rock Hill police said it happened at the hands of her father.
York County's coroner ruled Thursday night that it was homicide after Kaidence Evans, born Dec. 9, was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Medical Center, where she died.
Police said 25-year-old Quentin Evans was watching his infant daughter alone at his home on Wright Street Thursday morning.
Police said it was his turn to watch the infant when the mother left the residence, and when officers arrived, paramedics were already treating the baby in an ambulance.
Evans told them initially that he didn't know what happened to the child.
She was taken to the hospital, where doctors tried for more than an hour to resuscitate her.
The arrest warrant said Evans is charged with homicide by child abuse, as the child showed signs of being violently shaken.
Executive Officer Mark Bollinger with Rock Hill police said the baby also suffered a broken collar bone, bruising and internal injuries.
"A lot of things we saw were evidence of shaken baby syndrome, but the injuries, it had to be really violent," he said.
Neither police nor the coroner would explain how those other injuries were caused, and family members at Evans' house did not want to talk about what happened.
Evans has only a minor criminal record but now could face 20 years to life in prison if he's convicted.
He's being held on a $100,000 bond.
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