Cincinnati man accused in infant daughter’s death held on $2M bond

Charles Crawford, 24, looks out into the Clermont County Municipal courtroom during his arraignment in front of Magistrate Anita Bechmann. Crawford is charged with aggravated murder in the death of his four-month-old daughter, Kaylynn Crawford. His bond was set at $2 million. He first reported she had been abducted from his car while at the Dollar Store in Loveland Sunday evening. Monday, he led authorities to her body in the Little Miami River near Kelley Nature Preserve. (Liz Dufour /The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who claimed his 4-month-old daughter had been kidnapped from his car later led police to her body along a riverbank in Ohio, authorities said Tuesday.

A judge in Batavia set bond at $2 million for Charles Crawford, who was being held in the Clermont County jail on a charge of aggravated murder in Kaylynn Crawford’s death.

The judge also appointed the county public defender’s office to represent the 24-year-old. The director of the public defender’s office, Steve Haynes, said Tuesday that he had no immediate comment on behalf of his office’s new client.

Loveland police said in an affidavit that Crawford made a 911 call on Sunday evening, saying that someone had kidnapped the baby from his car in front of a store in the northern Cincinnati suburb.

“My child was taken,” Crawford said while sounding like he was crying throughout the call. He told police that he left the infant in the car for only two or three minutes to get some water and that she was gone when he returned.

A statewide alert was issued for the missing girl, describing her as wearing a sleeveless, white onesie decorated with a pink giraffe, pink sandals and a gold band with a bow on her head. Loveland police, the FBI and agents with the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation had helped in the search.

But the police affidavit said that during the investigation, Crawford “provided statements to law enforcement indicating his direct involvement in the death.” On Monday, he led officers “directly to where the body of the deceased child was located along the Little Miami River,” investigators wrote. Crawford was arrested that afternoon.

A prosecutor also told the judge in court on Tuesday that Crawford had acknowledged involvement in the death. Police didn’t immediately release a cause of death pending results of an autopsy.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Aug. 9.

Crawford told police he lives in the Cincinnati suburb of Mount Healthy, although court records list his address as Cincinnati.

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