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Father had sex with 8-month-old daughter before beating her to death

By Mason White 3:07 PM April 30, 2017
James Lee Saltmarshall
James Lee Saltmarshall
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A father is facing serious charges after being accused of having sex with his baby daughter and beating her to death, according to police in Michigan.

Prosecutors Kym have charged James Lee Saltmarshall, 22, of Detroit, in connection with the death of eight-month-old Janiyah Saltmarshall.

According to the criminal complaint, James was alone with his infant girl while the mother went to work in the morning. When the mother left for work, the infant was in good

At approximately 4:23 p.m. on the same day, the Inkster police were called to the hotel by James, and they assisted the Fire Department in taking the unresponsive infant to a hospital for treatment.

It is alleged that the defendant killed the child by causing trauma to her head and rectal tearing was observed on the child, indicating a sexual assault.

On Sunday, Janiyah died from her injuries. James was charged with Felony Murder, Child Abuse – First Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree.

Initially, his bail has been set at $2 million, but he was later released on his own recognizance after prosecutors told the court that they needed more time for the rape kit and autopsy results.

James denied all the allegations. A judge ordered James to wear a GPS device and prohibited him from having contact with children 17 years of age or younger.