Montrose Man Arrested in Death of Girlfriend’s Baby Daughter
by Beverly Corbell
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Daniel Lee Ryan
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MONTROSE – A 23-year-old man has been arrested in the beating death of a 14-month old girl who died while in his care on Saturday. Daniel Lee Ryan of Montrose is facing charges of second-degree homicide and child abuse resulting in death, according to Montrose police.

Hailey L. Rocha, who was born June 23, 2009, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Montrose Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 11. Police had been called to a restaurant in the 2000 block of South Townsend for an infant not breathing, said Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard.

“It sounds like the suspect transported the baby to the restaurant where the mother was working instead of going to the hospital,” Lillard said.

Contrary to earlier reports, police responded first to the restaurant around 8 p.m. on Saturday, and only later went to the home where the Ryan had been babysitting the little girl. Ryan was the boyfriend of the child’s mother, whose name has not been released, Lillard said.

Ryan was arrested Monday night and is being held at the Montrose County jail on a bond of $150,000, he said.

Lillard said police suspect that Ryan injured the child shortly before taking her to her mother at the restaurant.

A report from Dr. Thomas Canfield, Montrose County coroner, stated that the little girl died from blunt force trauma.

Canfield’s report states, “The forensic autopsy revealed that she died as a direct result of multiple traumatic injuries…The cause of death was blunt force trauma. The manner of death is homicide.”

The child died Saturday night after police were called to the restaurant where the mother worked, and where Ryan took the child after she was injured. She was not breathing when police arrived and resuscitation efforts failed.

When officers arrived at the restaurant, a citizen EMT was administering CPR, Lillard said, but emergency procedures could not save her. There were no reports of prior child abuse, he added, but he did not rule that out.

The case is still under investigation by the Montrose Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigations and the Montrose Police, Canfield stated.
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