- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man accused of killing his 5-week-old daughter by fracturing her skull during bath time was overheard calling her a “psycho baby,” police said.

Joseph Swidorsky, 30, told reporters, “I did not hurt my kid,” as he left Allegheny County police headquarters in handcuffs following his arrest Thursday.

The charges stem from an investigation that began when Braelyn Swidorsky died in June.

The girl’s mother, Ashley Cain, and another child were in a different room while Swidorsky bathed the baby June 15. He told police Braelyn was crying so hard she stopped breathing and turned blue. She was rushed to a hospital, transferred to another and died three days later.

Police contend Swidorsky gave several conflicting versions of Braelyn’s injuries, saying she might have fallen, the injuries might have occurred a week beforehand and her older sibling didn’t like her and might have hurt her.

“Maybe I put her down too hard when I did CPR,” Swidorsky also told police.

Investigators were puzzled that Braelyn was wearing a diaper and said Swidorsky told them he put it on before trying to revive her.

Police also said a witness at the hospital overheard Swidorsky say, “Braelyn is a psycho baby and does nothing but cry all the time.”

Police charged him because he and Cain agreed he was alone with the baby when she became unresponsive and doctors confirmed the injury “was inflicted by another and not anything Braelyn could or would do to herself accidentally,” police said in a criminal complaint.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for him.

Swidorsky was arraigned early Friday on charges of criminal homicide and child endangerment. He faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 16.

“I just want justice for my baby because she’s not coming back and she can’t tell me anything that happened,” Cain said.

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