Arrest warrant issued for father following infant daughter’s death in Fairfield

Arrest warrant issued for father following infant daughter’s death in Fairfield
Published: Dec. 14, 2022 at 11:54 AM EST
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FAIRFIELD, Ohio (WXIX) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a father who was indicted on charges following the death of his infant daughter.

John Powers, who now lives in Gainsville, Texas, is facing charges of murder and endangering children, according to the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

His 2-month-old daughter, Kiara Powers, died on May 10 due to blunt head trauma, Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix wrote in her autopsy.

On May 9, the day before Kiara died, she had an abdominal ultrasound after a doctor’s visit noted slow weight gain and problems with vomiting while feeding, Mannix wrote. No other irregularities or injuries were mentioned in the visit, the document reads.

The ultrasound determined the 2-month-old had “normal gastric emptying,” the coroner detailed.

Kiara was in the care of John following the ultrasound, according to Mannix.

After eating, Kiara slept for several hours on his chest while John sat in bed, the document explains.

At some point, the 2-month-old became unresponsive, and John called 911, the coroner’s report reads.

He started CPR until police and EMS arrived to take over, Mannix wrote.

CPR was continued at Mercy Hospital Fairfield where Kiara was pronounced dead in the emergency department, according to the coroner.

Mannix conducted the autopsy the following morning and she says she found evidence of head trauma that had not been previously reported.

The findings in Kiara’s autopsy led Mannix to rule her cause of death to be blunt head trauma, the documents read.

Court documents show Kiara suffered the injury that killed her sometime between April 3 and May 10, the day of her death.

John, 24, currently lives in Gainsville, Texas, and a warrant is out for his arrest, according to other court records.

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