Police: Father smothered baby, tried to revive her with shock from extension cord

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VAN BUREN, Ark. (KAKE) -

Police in Arkansas say a 19-year-old father smothered his infant daughter to stop her from crying, and then tried to revive the girl by shocking her with a live extension cord.

Tyler Buchanan was charged Monday with capital murder in the June 12 death of his 2-month-old daughter, Paisley. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that after initially telling investigators he fed the girl and then went back to sleep, Buchanan admitted smothering the girl in the middle of the night as her mother slept.

According to court documents, Buchanan originally told cops that he awoke and found his daughter not breathing. He cut off the end of a live extension cord in an attempt to resuscitate her.

Buchanan later confessed to holding the girl’s head against his shoulder to stop her from breathing because she was screaming and he wanted to sleep. 

The baby’s mother later called police when she awoke and found Buchanan holding the girl and telling her she wasn't breathing, a probable cause affidavit states.

Buchanan could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder.

GoFundMe account in memory of Paisley has raised nearly $900. 

Contributing: New York Post