UPDATE 8/7/2014 3:10 PM
Parkersburg Police issue an arrest warrant for a man they say is responsible for the death of a 1-year-old girl.
Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says they are searching for 30-year-old Curtis Dean Richards, Jr., of St. Marys.
He says Richards may be driving a black Toyota truck with WV registration 4XA 886.
Authorities responded Tuesday to the St. Paul Terrace Apartments on Central Avenue, finding 1-year-old Ariella Noel Merinar unresponsive.
They say efforts to revive the baby were unsuccessful.
Police say Richards was babysitting Merinar and her 2-year old sister.
They say the mother of the children was at work.
According to police, Richards told them the 2-year-old choked the 1-year-old until she stopped breathing.
Chief Martin says the incident was a homicide, not an accident.
He says the autopsy completed Thursday shows that the 1-year-old had severe head injuries and injuries to her neck.
A murder warrant was issued for Richards and anyone with information on his whereabouts should call authorities.
I have been "cyber" friends with the same group of women since I was pregnant with my son. We all were in the same group on an app and then made a group on Facebook. We have shared stories and photos and videos and vented to each other and encouraged each other. We have watched each others babies turn into toddlers. We organized gift exchanges for Christmas and more recently for their birthdays.
Yesterday, one of the ladies posted that her baby is dead. She left her with her boyfriend while she went to work and received the horrible phone call that her baby is dead. There isn't much info available yet but police do suspect foul play. I can't imagine what she is going through.