Investigators: Suspect hit baby in the face, chest and head while wearing a ring

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jan 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-10 23:38:29-05

Twenty-one year old Daniel Lunsford, a sailor assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln, is charged in a little boy`s murder.

Investigators say he was wearing a ring at the time he hit his girlfriend`s baby in the face, chest and head, causing eye damage, brain bleeding and swelling.

They hope to tie the ring to some of the baby’s injuries.

The baby`s mother, 20-year-old Brittany Whalen, has also been charged with child abuse and neglect.

Investigators say the two exchanged calls, texts and pictures detailing the baby`s injuries before their arrest.

Both are in the Hampton Roads regional jail on suicide watch.


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