Redding, Calif. – A northern California man was arrested for murder and child abuse after his alleged “negligent behavior” led to the death of his 4-month-old daughter.
According to a Redding Police Department investigation, 31-year-old Redding resident Carl Matthew Stivason was caring for his 4-month-old baby and her 2-year-old brother on the morning of March 13.
Police said Stivason became too intoxicated by controlled substances while caring for the children and passed out while holding his 4-month-old daughter in a recliner. The girl fell and became lodged between Stivason and the recliner cushion. The 2-year-old was left to wander the apartment without supervision, having access to drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Officers said Stivason’s wife tried calling him multiple times and sent over a neighbor to knock on the door. She eventually left work to check on Stivason and their children.
When she arrived at the residence, she found Stivason passed out with their unconscious daughter lying face down next to him, according to police.
RPD said the mother immediately administered first aid to the child and called 911.
The 4-month-old was eventually transported to the hospital. During the investigation at the scene, officers were notified the baby had died.
Police said Stivason was arrested and charged with murder and child abuse. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail.
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