Father charged in daughter’s death surrenders to police

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A father convicted of assaulting his infant daughter years ago has turned himself in to face a criminal homicide charge following the teenager’s death.

The now-37-year-old Ariden Jackson surrendered around noon Thursday to Allegheny County detectives. It’s not clear if he’s retained an attorney.

Authorities say Jackson told police in May 2005 that he shook 4-week-old Janiya in an apartment in the community of McKees Rocks because she would not stop crying.

Police say doctors called the injuries life-threatening and “likely to cause long-term developmental disability.” Court documents indicate Jackson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and child and reckless endangerment.

Police say that the now-13-year-old girl died in February of “complications of a seizure disorder resulting from remote abusive head trauma.” The death was ruled homicide.

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