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$4M bond for father accused of slamming baby who died

James Phillips (SOURCE: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office/Provided) James Phillips (SOURCE: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office/Provided)

Bond was set at $4 million Monday for the father of a a three-month-old infant who died Sunday, one day after authorities say he allegedly slammed her on her back.

James Phillips, 35, is held at the Hamilton County jail on charges of felonious assault and child endangering.

There is no indication yet if or when charges will be upgraded now that his daughter has died.

Authorities took Phillips into custody after they responded to reports of a baby not breathing in the 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue about 3:40 p.m. Saturday.

The infant was found unconscious; court records stated a neighbor called 911 to report the medical emergency and attempted CPR until paramedics arrived.  

The baby was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she later died. 

Sheriff's officials wrote in court records that Phillips admitted to slamming her on her back, which resulted in severe skull fractured and an inability for the infant to breathe unassisted.

After hearing about the incident, neighbor David Webster said: "You just want hold your kids much tighter, that much more protective. I don't even want them to come outside anymore." 

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Section at 513 851-6000, or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. 

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