A 20-year-old father in Michigan accused of murdering his 6-month-old daughter after the child cried while he was playing video games has pleaded no contest.
Records in the 42nd Circuit Court of Midland County reviewed by Law&Crime show that Alex Lewis Marsh pleaded no contest to second-degree murder last Thursday, Sept. 21. As a result, first-degree child abuse and first-degree murder charges were not prosecuted.
“EMS pronounced Scarlett deceased on scene and estimated Scarlett to have been deceased for ‘a while. EMS also noted that there was blood in the baby crib that appeared unusual,” the affidavit said. “Scarlett was found deceased laying on her back in the bedroom. Dried red blood like liquid could be seen inside of the baby crib and under Scarlett’s nostrils.”
“Alex then admitted Scarlett was crying and that he threw a large gray blanket (adult sized/ heavy blanket ) over top of Scarlett in her crib” and over Scarlett’s “entire body,” the affidavit said.
The defendant allegedly admitted he moved the blanket out of the crib before cops arrived at the scene. Cops concluded, and prosecutors alleged, that Alex Marsh was playing video games when Scarlett died of asphyxiation in her crib.