Clinton, Mo. dad fell asleep on couch, on top of infant daughter, killing her, police say

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CLINTON, Mo. -- A four-month-old baby girl named Riley was found dead Sunday night, and the child's father was arrested after he told police he fell asleep on the couch and when he woke up, Riley was underneath him, not breathing.

Police and paramedics were called to the area of N. Seventh Street and E. Franklin Street at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on reports that an infant had stopped breathing. The baby's uncle had dropped by for a visit and found the father, Richard McNabb, 32,  asleep on the couch.

"He did actually get up and then he went back and laid back down on the couch again and that's when they were able to see the baby was unresponsive," said Lt. Sonny Lynch, Clinton Police Dept.

Emergency personnel tried to revive her, but it was too late.

Riley"She was a happy baby. The best baby. Very happy, always smiling," said Riley's maternal grandmother.

FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien spoke to Riley's grandparents, and they say they support McNabb and say he is a good father.

"Ricky hit a rough spot and just hasn't bounced back yet. He's a good man, he's a good father. He took care of his children," said Bonnie Adams, Riley's maternal grandmother.

FOX 4's O'Brien asked police what McNabb said to them about what happened.

"Just that he is not a murderer. That's what he said to us and that's about it really," Lt. Sonny Lynch said.

Police say the father appeared intoxicated from alcohol and possibly another substance. They took him into custody to collect samples of his blood and breath, but he refused to give them voluntarily, and authorities eventually received a warrant to take blood.

McNabb was placed on a 24-hour hold at the Henry County Detention Center, and Monday afternoon, he was charged in Henry County with child neglect and 2nd degree murder.

"It is a very tragic incident for all of us, most importantly we all realize that it was a very tragic accident," said Adams.

Police obtained a search warrant and found marijuana at McNabb's home. Bond was set at $100,000.

Another two-year-old child was reportedly in the home at the time. The children's mother was at work when this happened.