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Case against man accused of murdering infant daughter expected to go before grand jury

John Hope (Source: Derron Daquano/WAFB) John Hope (Source: Derron Daquano/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A man facing first degree murder charges in connection to the death of his four-month-old daughter is expected to be in court Thursday.

The case against John Hope is set to go before a grand jury. He is charged with first degree murder. Hope's infant daughter, Josephine, died of blunt force injuries to her head and neck, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.

Hope was originally booked on a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after the baby arrived at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The child showed no signs of brain activity.

Doctors contacted detectives and reportedly advised them the infant had three skull fractures, bruising on the face and neck, blood in the whites of both eyes, blood in her mouth and multiple rib fractures that were healing. Investigators were told that the parents claimed the baby had fallen off of a changing table.

The mother told detectives the baby was fine when they put her to bed Tuesday night. Detectives said when she woke up the next morning, Hope was holding the baby and stated the infant had fallen from the changing table. The mother was not charged.

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