Lakewood man charged in death of 3-month-old daughter

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the death of his 3-month-old daughter earlier this year has been formally charged, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Josiah Lamarr Jones has been charged with child abuse resulting in death, child abuse and violation of a protection order in the death of Naomi Jones.

Just after 5 p.m. on March 3, police and paramedics responded to a 911 call of a child who was having difficult breathing inside a home in the 5300 block of West 16th Avenue.

The girl was found unresponsive by police and paramedics from West Metro Fire Rescue. She was taken to Denver Health Medical Center but died three days later. Jones was the only other person inside the home at the time of the call.

According to the arrest affidavit, doctors told investigators that Naomi suffered intracranial hemorrhage, a skull fracture, bilateral subdural hematoma and a traumatic brain injury.

After a nine-month investigation, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office determined the girl’s death to be a homicide. Jones was arrested last week.

Jones’ mother told police that her son got custody of Naomi one month before before the incident through a voluntary action with the Department of Human Services.

The affidavit said Jones “had been in a difficult relationship with the child’s mother, Nicole Jones.”

Jones had been served with a restraining order in January that prohibited him from having communication with Nicole Jones. But the affidavit said Jones continued to contact Nicole Jones by Facebook and text messaging.

Jones is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He has until Dec. 13 to schedule a preliminary hearing.