DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) – A 28-year-old Dodge City man has been arrested in the 2008 death of his girlfriend’s daughter.
The Dodge City Globe reports that Brock W. Cunningham was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of 3-year-old Natalie Pickle. The child was severely injured in Dodge City on Nov. 19, 2008, and died the next day at a Wichita hospital.
Western Kansas News reports that Cunningham told police the child fell off a bed, but an autopsy showed her injuries were inconsistent with a normal fall.
Dan Monnat, Cunningham’s lawyer, says Cunningham is innocent and “had nothing to do with causing her death.” He says Cunningham tried to save the child’s life and has cooperated with law enforcement.
Cunningham was released on $75,000 bond.