Police: Dad jailed after punching 3-month-old; said she wouldn't stop crying

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A three-month-old baby girl is dead and her father is in jail after he punched the baby.

Winter Haven detectives say Christopher Scott Ryon, 27, admitted to hitting the baby in the head because she wouldn't stop crying when he wanted to lie down to take a nap.

The baby's mother, Kristine Bardell, 26, came home for lunch to find Ryon sleeping on the couch, and the baby, Riley Ryon, in the bedroom laying face-down on the bed and unresponsive.  When she turned the baby over, she saw that Riley was not breathing and her face had a bluish tint.  

According to Bardell, she rushed the baby to Ryon and he started CPR while Bardell called 9-1-1.

Winter Haven detectives responded immediately and assumed CPR.  When EMS arrived, they took over CPR and transported the baby to Winter Haven Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Dr. Nelson with the District 10 Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and concluded the baby had a skull fracture (6.5 centimeters long) indicative of a blunt force trauma.

Christopher Scott Ryon was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

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