- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) - The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says a 23-year-old northern Kentucky man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend’s infant.

The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1MtUP14) reports sheriff’s spokesman Tom Scheben said in a statement on Friday that Cody Phelps has been charged with manslaughter and criminal abuse in the baby’s death. Scheben said Phelps would have a preliminary hearing on Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

According to Scheben, first responders were called Nov. 5 to a home where Phelps was caring for the 7-week-old child. Phelps told police that the child stopped breathing as he was making a diaper change.

Scheben said Phelps was charged after a medical examiner found the child died of severe head trauma.

No further details were released.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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