UPDATE: Man Suffocated Infant Then Tried to 'Shock' Her Back to Life

UPDATE: The Van Buren man accused of killing his 2-month-old daughter said he suffocated his daughter and tried to "shock" her back to life with a cut extension cord.

Tyler Buchanan, 19, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder. Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune on Wednesday released the affidavit of probable cause for Buchanan's arrest.

"Buchanan stated the child was screaming and he was trying to get the baby to stop screaming so he could sleep," the affidavit states. "Buchanan stated that he knew what he was doing was wrong."

Buchanan told police that the baby woke up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and that he fed her a bottle and then put her back to sleep, according to the affidavit.

Buchanan said he later woke up and found that the baby was not breathing. He said he used a cut extension cord to shock the baby's heart back to life, the affidavit states.

Buchanan went on to admit that he held his daughter's head against his shoulder to stop her from breathing, the affidavit states.

The infant was pronounced dead at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith.

Buchanan confessed he knew about the baby's death hours before it was reported to authorities.


VAN BUREN, Ark. (KNWA) -- A Van Buren man has been arrested for murdering his infant daughter, according to Van Buren police.

Tyler Buchanan, 19, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder Tuesday after his 2-month-old daughter was pronounced dead at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, according to detective Jonathan Wear with the Van Buren Police Department.

"Through the course of the investigation, we were able to determine that she was killed by Buchanan early in the morning, but he waited until 9 a.m. to call for help," Wear said in a news release. "The victim had been deceased for several hours before police were contacted."

Police had been notified at 9 a.m. that the infant was not breathing in the 1100 block of Baldwin Street.

The infant was transported to the hospital, but pronounced dead once there.

Buchanan was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center without bond.

The investigation is still active.

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