Utah man arrested in connection with infant’s death
PROVO — Provo police arrested a man in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 4-month-old baby.
Police responded to a call of a baby not breathing at a home on Nevada Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King.
KSL.com reports officers found an unresponsive infant, identified as Nevaeh King, with serious injuries. She was taken to Utah Valley Hospital and then flown to Primary Children’s Hospital, where she died Wednesday morning.
The child had serious head and neck injuries and abdominal hemorrhaging, King said.
Cameron Willingham was booked into the Utah County Jail Wednesday for investigation of child abuse homicide. He is a boyfriend of the baby’s mother but not the child’s parent, King said.
It was unclear whether police are investigating anyone else in connection with the baby’s death.
Court records show Willingham has a criminal history, including a conviction for assault on a pregnant person in 2016.
Willingham’s girlfriend at the time, who was 32 weeks pregnant, told police they had been arguing in March 2016 when Willingham put her in a choke hold and threw her to the ground. The pair then drove to the emergency room of Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, court documents say.
Willingham wanted his girlfriend to fabricate a story about her injuries, according to court documents. When she could not, he got angry and began to drive away, she said. So, she rolled out of the vehicle and onto the asphalt.
The girlfriend gave birth to a child two months later and Willingham was arrested at that time.
Contributing: Caitlin Burchill, KSL TV