Jacksonville Marine Accused Of Killing Fellow Marine's Daughter

A Marine at New River has been charged with killing the daughter of a friend in California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says Cpl. Joshua Kruzik is being held on base until he's returned to Twentynine Palms to face charges.

Deputies say 18-month-old Audrey Allen was found in her crib on November 20th not breathing. A press release says Kruzik, who was staying at the home of a fellow Marine while training at the nearby Marine base, was giving the toddler CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

An autopsy says the girl died from blunt trauma and her death was ruled a homicide.

Deputies say they briefly spoke with Kruzik before he returned to North Carolina. On Tuesday they traveled to New River and interviewed the Marine once again. He was then arrested for the murder.

California authorities say once Kruzik is brought back he will be held without bond on the murder charges.

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