According to court papers, Andrew Bedner, 28, of Springfield, admitted to striking and squeezing his 8-week-old daughter Cadence two separate times in an effort to get the baby to stop crying. He was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
"At the time the original charges were filed, the daughter was in the hospital and she subsequently died," Windsor County State's Attorney Robert Sand said.
The alleged incidents took place at an apartment building in Springfield. According to court papers, both Bedner and the baby's mom were inside. After reviewing autopsy results and talking to the medical examiner, the state upgraded the second count of aggravated assault against Bedner to second-degree murder. His daughter had a skull fracture and multiple broken bones. On Tuesday, Bedner pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
"Obviously at the time the infant was alive, homicide was not an appropriate charge," Sand said. "The issue after death became, was there medical evidence that would tie the alleged conduct of Mr. Bedner to the child's ultimate death."
Sand said that he does not expect to file any additional charges.
"After speaking with investigators on multiple occasions and speaking with the mom, the state does not anticipate that any other person will be charged in relation to this case," Sand said.
Bedner has been in jail since the time of the incident because he has not been able to post $100,000 bail. But because of the upgraded charge, he is now being held without bail until the trial.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Bedner faces the possibility of life behind bars.