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10murder/md

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

A Byron man has been charged with murder in connection with the suffocation death of his 21⁄2-month-old daughter in May.

Edwin Henry White, 25, is charged with one count of second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony.

He was arrested at his home Thursday evening and was to be arraigned in Olmsted District Court this morning.

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Authorities were called to the White residence at 813 Second Avenue Northeast in Byron about 2:40 a.m. May 15 after a 911 call was made about an infant not breathing.

White and his 23-year-old wife were identified as the parents. The infant, Carlee, was their first child.

Byron first responders tried to resuscitate the child but were unsuccessful.

She was taken to Saint Marys Hospital and pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed but a precise cause of death could not be determined.

The child’s death was considered suspicious and the investigation began, the complaint says.

Olmsted County Sheriff Sgt. Scott Behrns said today that White told investigators that on May 15, he had a "long, hard day."

According to the criminal complaint, "he was extremely frustrated and wanted Carlee to stop crying, so he placed her face down on a pillow next to him."

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Authorities say White told them he pressed her face into the pillow "until her breathing was labored."

On Thursday, White and his wife went to the Law Enforcement Center for an interview with Olmsted County Sheriff Detective Brad Nelson and Special Agent Dave Schafer of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Behrns said today that White provided details of previous incidents of abuse.

White told investigators that on May 15, after pressing Carlee’s face into the pillow, he picked her up and tried to administer CPR to revive her but was unsuccessful.

White told officers he believed she was dead; he put the child back in her crib and said he waited 30 to 45 minutes, contemplating what to do, according to investigators.

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