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Gainesville man arrested in connection with baby’s death

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Detectives arrested a man on first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges Friday.

According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies arrested Jeremy James Murray, 29, on charges relating to the death of his 6-week-old daughter, Ember Murray.

Murray said he tripped and fell into a bassinet while he was carrying the baby in his original statement.

According to Jenifer Lowe, community relations specialist at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Ember went to Ocala Regional Medical Center on Jan. 30 with a severe head injury. Medical staff transported her to Shands at the University of Florida where physicians discovered multiple skull fractures, and placed her on life support.

Ember went off life support on Feb. 1. Medical examiners performed an autopsy the following day.

The autopsy results showed the baby’s injuries were not consistent with Murray’s original statement.

Lowe said detectives believe the actions that caused the child’s injuries were intentional.

Detectives concluded Murray was home alone with Ember and may be responsible for the serious injuries that caused her death. The child’s mother, who was not present at the time, is not facing any charges.

Michelle Plitnikas wrote this story online.

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