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Pasadena father charged with suffocating baby daughter

August 29, 2011 |  3:56 pm

Map shows location of last week's incident in purple, as well as nearby homicides in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report. A Pasadena father has been arrested and charged with killing his 1-year-old daughter after he confessed to suffocating her, a police lieutenant said Monday.

Marquise Jackson, 21, was arrested late Thursday and charged Monday with killing his daughter, Mo-Nayjah, in May in a Pasadena apartment, said Lt. Tracey Ibarra.

Police and paramedics responded to a call of a child not breathing in the 100 block of West Del Mar Avenue, she said. Efforts to resuscitate the child failed.

"The family said they didn't know what happened. It was considered a suspicious death, and an investigation was initiated," Ibarra said.

Upon questioning, Jackson "admitted he suffocated the 1-year-old girl," Ibarra said.

Jackson was being held in lieu of $1-million bail.


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Map: Shows location of last week's incident in purple, as well as 9 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report / Los Angeles Times

Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report