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Police: Dad tried to revive baby with shock from extension cord after smothering her

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Tyler Buchanan, 19, is seen this mugshot. (Crawford County Sheriff's Office) Tyler Buchanan, 19, is seen this mugshot. (Crawford County Sheriff's Office)
This side-by-side image shows Tyler Buchanan and his daughter Presley, taken when she was born. (Facebook) This side-by-side image shows Tyler Buchanan and his daughter Presley, taken when she was born. (Facebook)

(Meredith) – A young father in Arkansas smothered his infant daughter -- and then tried to revive the girl by shocking her with a live extension cord, police said.

Tyler Buchanan, 19, was charged Monday with capital murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Buchanan initially told investigators the baby girl, named Presley, woke up around 5:30 a.m. on June 12, so he fed her a bottle and she went back to sleep.

He reportedly said that when he woke up later, he realized his daughter was not breathing. He then cut off the end of an extension cord and tried to use it shock her back to life, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The 19-year-old later admitted to holding the girl’s head against his shoulder to stop her from breathing because she was screaming and he wanted to sleep. Buchanan also told officers he knew his actions were wrong, the affidavit states.

He said he smothered the child around 2 a.m. and never called 911. The child’s mother eventually called police when she woke up at 9 a.m. and saw her baby not breathing.

The infant was pronounced dead at a hospital in Van Buran.

Buchanan is being held in the Crawford County jail without bond.

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Information from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette contributed to this story.

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