Prosecutor seeking death penalty in infant's murder

Loinell Dangerfield (Source: HCSO)
Loinell Dangerfield (Source: HCSO)

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has announced the indictment of a Westwood man for the death of a 3-month-old baby.

Loinell Dangerfield, 25, was indicted for aggravated murder, murder and two counts of felonious assault. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

Zhi Merah Binford died May 30. The child's mother was Dangerfield's girlfriend.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office ruled that the child died of blunt force trauma. Police say Dangerfield was babysitting while the child's mother, Chania Binford, was out. When she returned home, the baby appeared to be asleep, but when she checked on the child the next morning, the baby was dead.

"I worked hard to change Ohio law in 1997 to allow for the death penalty for the purposeful of a child under 13," said Prosecutor Joe Deters. "We take these cases very seriously."

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