Austin Stevens, a football coach has been arrested after the death of a baby girl, who was raped and later succumbed to her injuries. The dad is accused of raping his 10-month-old daughter, before Googling “how to tell if a baby is dead.”
Stevens, 29, from Pennsylvania, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, rape of a child, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and other criminal counts.
Stevens was arrested after the death of his baby daughter, Zara Scruggs.
On Saturday evening at around 10:40 pm police were called to a property after reports of an unresponsive baby, according to a press release by Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Upon arrival, officers performed CPR on the little tot before taking her to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.
She was pronounced dead on arrival.
After a search warrant was obtained, cops found multiple Google searches on Stevens’ phone including “If the baby stops breathing,” “What if you don’t hear baby heart or beat,” “My baby isn’t breathing,” and “How do you know if a baby is dead.”
He allegedly searched on Google for an hour before calling paramedics to attend to his daughter, according to prosecutors.
During this time, he also messaged women on social media without mentioning his daughter was dying.
As cops searched the property they also found a diaper that Zara had been wearing at the time of the alleged rape, it was “saturated with blood,” according to a press release from the DA’s office.
Zara, who had recently learned how to walk sustained anal rectal trauma and blunt force trauma to the head, reports Mail Online.
“This case is deeply disturbing. It is hard to imagine this child’s death being any more traumatic: sexual assault on an infant, followed by inaction by the father to save her life, led to her death,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.
The dad is being held in jail on $1 million (£774k) bail.
A preliminary hearing has been set for October 13.
Baby Zara’s mum, Erica Scruggs took to social media and wrote: “I’m not okay. I really have no words … He will pay.”
A relative has launched a GoFundMe page to help Erica, a touching tribute reads: “She sparked so much joy.
“She was smart. She was silly. She was sassy. She was perfect. She was a beautiful baby and brought so much beauty into hundreds of lives.”