Father charged in infant's death

A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder after police say he admitted to suffocating his infant daughter

A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder in the Saturday death of his 5-month-old daughter, police said Monday.

According to police, Jeffery McKinney confessed to placing a pillow over the face of his daughter, Noran Lee Torbet, after he became frustrated when she would not stop crying. McKinney was charged with second-degree murder, assault and child abuse.

About 5 p.m. Saturday, police responded to McKinney's home in the 6400 block of Sefton Ave., where they found the baby unresponsive. She was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Doctors said she had been dead for some time.

In a release, police said that Noran's death was immediately classified as suspicious, and after questioning the baby's family, her father was considered a person of interest.

McKinney told detectives that he placed a pillow on top of the baby to muffle her cries, police said.

Police said "sometime after," McKinney realized his daughter was unresponsive and panicked, so he put her on the edge of the mattress against the bedroom wall and piled pillows on top of her.

He then went downstairs and asked family members if they had seen the infant, police said, and upon a search of the home, her family found her lifeless body. Noran's grandmother began CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

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